India’s DRDO Flight-Tests Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM)

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system on Dec. 23.

The QRSAM missile was test-fired, with full configuration in deployment mode, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the Odisha coast at 1145 hrs local time.

According to a statement released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, the missile successfully intercepted the designated target mid-air, meeting the mission objectives. The entire event was monitored by ground telemetry systems, range radar systems an electro-optical tracking systems.

The QRSAM weapon system, which operates on the move, comprises of fully automated Command and Control (C2) system, Active Array Battery Surveillance Radar, Active Array Battery Multifunction Radar and Launcher. Both radars are four-walled having 360-degree coverage with search on move and track on move capability.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Secretary (R&D) at the Ministry of Defence and Chairman DRDO G Satheesh Reddy have congratulated the teams involved in the flight trials and development of QRSAM. DRDO Director General (Missiles and Strategic Systems) MSR Prasad was present during today’s trial.

This is the second trial of the QRSAM missile the past week. The missile was test-fired from the same test facility on Dec. 19.

With today’s mission, the developmental trials of the weapon system are successfully completed and the system is expected to be ready for induction by 2021.


The QRSAM missile is an all-weather, all-terrain surface-to-air missile (SAM) being developed by the state-owned defence R&D agency, 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).

The Dec. 23 launch was the eighth 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, the sixth test was conducted in August and the 7th test was conducted earlier this month.

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