Indian defense R&D agency, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the maiden launch of the Army Version of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM), on Dec. 23.
The surface-to-air missile was test-launched from Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur off the Coast of Odisha at around 1600 hrs. According to a statement released by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the missile destroyed a high speed unmanned aerial target which was mimicking an aircraft with a direct hit.
MRSAM (Army version) is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) jointly developed by DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for use of the Indian Army. The weapon system comprises of command post, multi-function radar and mobile launcher system.
The complete fire unit has been used during today’s launch in the deliverable configuration with a team from the end user, the Indian Army, also witnessing the launch. According to the MoD statement, a number of range instruments such as radar, telemetry and electro-optical tracking system were deployed and captured the complete mission data, validating the weapon system performance including the destruction of the target.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the efforts of DRDO and associated team members involved in the mission and said that India has attained a high level of capability in the indigenous design and development of advanced weapon systems.
Secretary Dept. of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the DRDO community for successfully demonstrating the performance of the MRSAM Army weapon system registering direct target hit in its maiden launch. He also lauded the efforts of the entire team in realizing the system within record time and meeting the committed schedule.
Barak 8, also known as LR-SAM or as MR-SAM, is an Indo-Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM), designed to defend against any type of airborne threat including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and unmanned aircraft as well as ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and combat jets. Both maritime and land-based variants of the system exist.
The missile was jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies. India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) produces the missiles.