DRDO and Indian Army test rapid reaction surface-to-air missile system

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  • The Armaments Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in Pune, The Research and Development (Engineers) Establishment in Pune
  • The Instrument Research and Development Establishment in Dehradun and the Missile Complex Laboratories in Hyderabad and Balasore all worked together to create the system.

As part of its evaluation trials, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Army have completed six flight tests of the Quick Response Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) system from of the Integrated Trial Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. This was announced by the Union Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Thursday.

QRSAM is a short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. It was designed and built by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to protect the Army’s mobile armored columns from air attack.

A Department of Defense press release said the six flight tests were conducted against high-speed aerial targets that acted as different types of threats. The tests were conducted against long-range, short-range, and high-altitude mid-altitude maneuvers, a low radar signature with a target moving away and crossing each other, and a salvo launch with two missiles fired rapidly. one after another. System performance was also tested day and night, the statement said.

“During these tests, all mission objectives were met, proving the pinpoint accuracy of the weapon system guidance and control algorithms, including the warhead chain,” the statement said.

Several range instruments, such as telemetry, radar and electro-optical tracking systems (EOTS), used by ITR, were used to confirm that the system is working. According to officials, senior members of the DRDO and the Indian Army participated in the launches.

These tests were performed in the final configuration for deployment. This included a missile with an Indian-made RF (radio frequency) seeker, a mobile launcher, a fully automated command and control system, and surveillance and multifunction radars. The QRSAM weapon system is different because it can seek and track while moving and fire after a short stop. This was demonstrated by the mobility tests that were carried out earlier.

The Armaments Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) at Pune, the Research and Development (Engineers) Establishment at Pune, the Electronic and Radar Development Establishment at Bengaluru, the Research and Instrument Development in Dehradun and the Missile Complex Laboratories in Hyderabad and Balasore all worked together to create the system.

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