Test Fire Of QRSAM Missile System by DRDO Achieves Success
DRDO has successfully test-fired a Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) system from test range in Odisha, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Friday.
The missile, which is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), hit the target, a pilotless aircraft, directly during the test. It was launched off the coast of Balasore.
The system is compact with a minimum number of vehicles for a firing unit. The single-stage solid propelled missile has a midcourse inertial navigation system with two-way data link and terminal active seeker developed indigenously by DRDO.
During the test, all QRSAM weapon system elements like battery surveillance radar, battery command post vehicle and mobile launcher were deployed. The system even when on move is capable of detecting and tracking targets and engaging them. “The system is designed to give air defence coverage to strike columns of Indian Army,” the MoD said.
The radar tracked the Banshee target from farthest range and missile was launched when the target was within kill zone and achieved the direct hit. Both radars are four-walled having 360-degree coverage with search-on-move and track-on-move capability.
The weapon system is expected to be ready for induction by 2021. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated DRDO scientists for the achievement.