India successfully conducts maiden launch of the Army version of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile

By: Express News Service | Pune |

December 23, 2020 10:41:34 pm

India on Wednesday conducted the first launch of the Army version of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM), which is an Air and Missile Defence system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in collaboration with the israel Aerospace Industry (IAI). The successful test was conducted off the coast of Odisha from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) around 4 pm, in which the missile hit an unmanned aerial target mimicking an aircraft.

In April 2017, India had signed a contract with israel for supply of the MRSAM, which is a land-based medium-range Air Defence surface-to-air missile system. The MRSAM Army version consists of a command and control post, multi-function radar and mobile launcher system. The complete fire unit was used during the launch on Wednesday in the deliverable configuration. A team of the Indian Army also witnessed the launch.

“A number of range instruments such as radar, telemetry and electro-optical tracking system were deployed and captured the complete mission data, validating the weapon system performance, including the destruction of the target,” read a statement from the Ministry of Defence.

Posting the video of Wednesday’s MRSAM test, the office of Defence Minister Rajnath…

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