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India Bolsters Surface to Air Missile Tech Capabilities

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India has been renovating its defense technologies ever since its new regime started. Thanks to DRDO, Indian Air Force (IAF) adjoins another golden feather to its hat with Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) System completing scoring a direct hit on to a Banshee Pilotless target aircraft at medium range & medium altitude. The event took place at ITR Chandipur off the Odisha Coast. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Secretary DD R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. G Satheesh Reddy congratulated DRDO Scientists for the achievement.

QRSAM is propelled by a single stage solid propellant rocket motor and uses all indigenous

subsystems. The Missile is canisterised for transportation and launch using a mobile launcher capable of carrying six canisterised missiles.

The radar tracked the Banshee target from farthest range and missile was launched when target was within kill zone and achieved the direct hit with terminal active homing by RF Seeker guidance

All QRSAM weapon system elements like Battery Multifunction Radar, Battery Surveillance Radar, Battery Command Post Vehicle and Mobile Launcher were deployed in the flight test. QRSAM possesses the capability to detect and track targets on the move and engage target with short halts. The system is designed to give air defence coverage against strike columns of Indian Army.

According to the official statement, “The radar tracked the Banshee target from farthest range and missile was launched when target was within kill zone and achieved the direct hit with terminal active homing by RF Seeker guidance. Various DRDO labs DRDL, RCI, LRDE, R&DE(E), IRDE, ITR have participated in the test. The weapon system elements have been realized through Defence PSUs BEL, BDL and private industry L&T. The missile system is fully indigenous with active RF Seekers, Electro Mechanical Actuation (EMA) systems sourced from various industries. The Radar is four walled Active Phased Array Radar. All range Tracking stations, Radar, EOTs & Telemetry Stations monitored the flight parameters.”

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