NEW DELHI, Mar. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Indian Navy Friday said that it has successfully conducted the first trial of the recently installed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
The firing was conducted in the Arabian Sea Wednesday as part of the Operational Readiness Inspection of the Western Fleet by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, an official statement said.
"During the firing carried out in the Arabian Sea, the missile was fired against a live low flying high speed target. The target was successfully engaged and destroyed," it said.
"The missile resembles a significant achievement in providing Air Interception and Defence capabilities, upgrading the strength of the Navy's aircraft carrier and the fleet's operational capabilities," the statement added.
INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013 at a ceremony held at Severodvinsk in Russia. She has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary emperor of Ujjain in western India.