India’s state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed a contract with Research Center Imarat (RCI) for the supply of MR-SAM (medium range surface-to-air missile) air-defense system to the Indian Army, Business Standard reported.
RCI is a laboratory under Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) located in Hyderabad.
The MR-SAM is the land-based version of the long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) developed for the Indian Navy. The LR-SAM was developed by the DRDO in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
The current version of missile system is also operational with the Indian Air Force (IAF). The army version, which provides protection against enemy ground attack aircraft, will be mounted on high-mobility vehicles that can keep up with tank columns moving cross-country.
The MRSAM system will be capable of shooting down enemy ballistic missiles, aircraft, helicopters, drones, surveillance aircraft and AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) systems aircraft.
The system consists of a command and control system, tracking radar, missile and mobile launcher systems. The radar is the EL/M-2248 Multi-function Search and Track Alert Radar (MF-STAR) developed by IAI Elta which can detect incoming enemy aircraft and missiles over a hundred kilometres away, and then guides the missile to the target, intercepting it at ranges out to 70 kilometers.
Each launcher will have eight such missiles in two stacks and are launched in a canister configuration. The system is also fitted with an advanced radio frequency (RF) seeker.