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

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired a Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) off the coast of Balasore, Odisha on Thursday, Dec. 19.

The missile was test-fired from the Launch Pad-3 at the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at 4.20 pm local time.

The QRSAM missile is all-weather, all-terrain surface-to-air missile (SAM) with electronic countermeasures against jamming by aircraft radars.

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

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.

Today’s launch was the seventh 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. while the sixth test was conducted in August.

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