India Test Fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM)

India has successfully test-fired its indigenously-developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha on August 4.

The missile was fired at 11.05 am from a truck-based mobile launcher positioned at the Launch Complex 3 of the test range.

Two missiles, developed by DRDO, were tested against two live targets meeting complete mission objectives of engaging the targets. QRSAM, with many state of the art technologies, engaged the targets at different ranges and altitudes. The entire mission was captured by various Electro Optical Tracking Systems, Radar Systems and Telemetry Systems.

The system was tested in final configuration with RADAR mounted on a vehicle & missiles on the launcher.

The QRSAM is 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 development program is led by DRDO’s Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL).

The missile is all-weather, all-terrain missile with electronic counter measures against jamming by aircraft radars. The missile can be mounted on a truck and is stored in a canister. QRSAM uses solid-fuel propellant and has a range of 25-30 km.

The test firing was the sixth test firing of the missile. The first test launch took place on June 4, 2017 which was followed by the second successful test on July 3,  2017. The missile was test fired for the third time on Dec. 22, 2017 and the fourth test took place on Oct. 8 last year. The fifth test was conducted on February 26 this year and involved firing two missiles.

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