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India test-fired a sophisticated all-weather and all-terrain Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from a test range in Odisha.
- The air defence system, QRSAM, was test-fired at 11.05 am from a mobile truck-based launch unit at complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur
- The state-of-the-art quick reaction surface-to-air missiles (QRSAM) against live aerial targets from a base
- It has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the India Army.
- QRSAM is the all-weather and all-terrain missile, which can be mounted on a truck and stored in a canister, is equipped with electronic counter measures against jamming by aircraft radars.
- The first trial of the QSRAM was conducted on June 4, 2017. On February 26, 2019, two rounds of trials were successfully carried out on the same day.
- The two missiles were tested for different altitude and conditions.
- The test flights had successfully demonstrated their aerodynamics, propulsion, structural performance and high maneuvering capabilities.
- Two missiles were tested against two live targets and met complete mission objectives of engaging targets.
- Entire mission was captured by various Electro Optical Tracking Systems (EOTS), Radar Systems and Telemetry Systems.
- Systems have been tested in final configuration with RADAR (radio detection and ranging) mounted on a vehicle & missiles on launcher.
- Systems are equipped with indigenously-developed Phased array radar, Inertial Navigation System, Data Link & RF seeker.
- Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) is a missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in association with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for the Indian Army.
- It has been developed to replace the ‘Akash’ missile defence system, and has 360-degree coverage.
- It uses solid fuel propellant and has a strike range of 25-30 km with capability of hitting multiple targets.
- It is capable of hitting the low flying objects.
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