India on Monday successfully test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system, likely to be inducted into the armed forces by 2021, from a base off Odisha coast, local media quoted a Defence Ministry statement.
The missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore (Odisha) at 11:45 hrs, the Defence statement said.
The QRSAM was flight-tested with full configuration in deployment mode intercepting the target mid-air, meeting the mission objectives, it said.
“The entire event was monitored by ground telemetry systems, range radar systems and electro optical tracking system,” the statement added.
The QRSAM weapon system, which operates on the move, comprises fully automated command and control, active array battery surveillance radar, active array battery multifunction radar and launcher.
Both the radars are four-walled having 360-degree coverage with search on move and track on move capability, it said.
Director General (Missiles and Strategic Systems), MSR Prasad was present during the trial.
With this mission, the developmental trials of the weapon system have been successfully completed and it is expected to be ready for induction by 2021, the Defence statement said.
About QRSAM System:
- It is developed in association with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for the Indian Army.
- This missile is an all-weather, all-terrain surface-to-air missile equipped with electronic counter measures against jamming by aircraft radars.
- The missile can be mounted on a truck and is stored in a canister.
- It uses solid-fuel propellant and has a range of 25-30 km.
- QRSAM is a compact weapon system and is mobile. It has a fully automated Command and Control System.
- The missile system comprises of two four-walled radars apart from the launcher both of which encompass a 360-degree coverage, namely:
- The Active Array Battery Surveillance Radar, and
- The Active Array Battery Multifunction Radar