India successfully test fires QR-SAM air defense system

      India on Sunday successfully test fired a Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM) from Chandipur Integrated Test Range (ITR) in the eastern state of Odisha from launch pad number 3.

     The Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM) was jointly developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The missile system has the potential to engage multiple targets within a range of approximately 30 km, with the configuration of two vehicles for area air defence.

The missile system is all weather, network-centric one capable of search-on-the-move and is equipped for quick reaction air defense operation. The missile system is truck-mounted with 360 degree rotatable, electronic-mechanically operated, turret-based launch unit with 6 missiles.

India also successfully tested a Surface to air PYthon and Derby (SPYDER) Missile system in May.

The system reportedly fired Python-5 and Derby missiles as its interceptors. A highly maneuverable missile, the Python-5 missile has the feature of “lock-on after launch”. The Derby is reportedly a developed version of Python-4, with an active feature of radar homing.

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