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DRDO, Army test surface to air missile

The system performance was also evaluated under day and night operation scenarios.

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New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army have successfully completed six flight tests of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off Odisha.

The tests were conducted as part of evaluation trials by the Army. Now, the system is ready for induction into the army.

The flight tests were carried out against high-speed aerial targets mimicking various types of threats to evaluate the capability of the weapon systems under different scenarios.

The scenarios include long-range medium altitude, short range, high-altitude manoeuvring target, low radar signature with receding and crossing target and salvo launch with two missiles fired in quick succession, the Defence Ministry said.

The system performance was also evaluated under day and night operation scenarios.

During these tests, all the mission objectives were met establishing pin-point accuracy of the weapon system with state-of-the-art guidance and control algorithms including warhead chain, the Ministry added.

The performance of the system has been confirmed from the data captured by a number of range instruments like telemetry, radar and Electro-Optical Tracking Systems (EOTS) deployed by ITR.

Senior officials from the DRDO and the army participated in the launches.

The tests were conducted in the final deployment configuration consisting of all indigenously-developed sub-systems, including the missile with indigenous Radio Frequency (RF) seeker, mobile launcher, fully automated command and control system, surveillance and multi-function radars.

The uniqueness of the QRSAM weapon system is that it can operate on the move with search and track capability and fire on a short halt. This has been proven during the mobility trials conducted earlier.

Defence Minister Rajanath Singh exuded confidence that the QRSAM weapon system will be an excellent force multiplier for the armed forces.

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