India’s Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) System successfully tracked and neutralized the airborne target in yet another flight test.
The flight test, second in the series was conducted today at around 1542 hours from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. The test was carried out once again, against the high performance Jet Unmanned Aerial Target called Banshee, which simulates an aircraft.
The Radars acquired the target from a long range and tracked it till the mission computer automatically launched the missile. Continuous guidance was provided through Radar data link. Missile entered the terminal active homing guidance and reached the target close enough for proximity operation of warhead activation.
The flight test was conducted in the deployment configuration of the weapon system comprising of Launcher, fully Automated Command and Control System, Surveillance System and Multi Function Radars. The QRSAM weapon system, which can operate on the move, consists of all indigenously developed subsystems. All objectives of the test were fully met. The launch was carried out in the presence of the users from Indian Army.
A number of range instruments like Radar, Telemetry and Electro Optical Sensors were deployed which captured the complete flight data and verified the performance of the missile.
Teams from ARDE and R&DE(E) from Pune, LRDE Bengaluru, and IRDE Dehradun in addition to the Missile Complex Laboratories from Hyderabad and Balasore participated in the test.
The first in the series test of QRSAM took place on Nov. 13 achieving the milestone of a direct hit. Second test proved the performance parameters of warhead.
The QRSAM missile is an all-weather, all-terrain surface-to-air missile (SAM) being developed by the state-owned defence R&D agency, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in association with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for the Indian Army.
The single-stage solid propelled missile has a midcourse inertial navigation system (INS) with a two-way data link and terminal active seeker developed indigenously by DRDO. It is equipped with electronic countermeasures against jamming by aircraft radars.
The missile system can be mounted on a truck and is stored in a canister. It uses a solid-fuel propellant and has a strike range of 25 to 30 km.
The development program is led by DRDO’s Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL).