Safeguarding the skies: India successfully test-fires quick reaction surface-to-air missile


DRDO: India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully testfired a quick reaction surface to air-missile (QRSAM) on Sunday. Missiles fired from a battery located in integrated test range in Balasore in eastern state of Odisha successfully destroyed live aeria targets, said the ministry of defence.

“Successful flight testing of state of the art quick reaction surface to air missiles (QRSAM) against live aerial targets on 4th Aug 2019 from ITR, Chandipur,” said defence minister Rajnath Singh in a tweet.

“I congratulate on successful flight test of state of the art Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile QRSAM at Balasore against live aerial targets meeting all mission objectives,” he said.

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It is a major milestone for India’s premier defence research and development organisation as it has been grappling with delays and cost overruns in developing India’s indigenous defence capabilities.

“It is a significant advancement in India’s missile technology programme,” said the defence minister.

India has been historically reliant on imported surface to air missiles to protect its skies. A large number of India’s surface to air missile batteries are of Russian origin, particularly Pachora missiles.

Given the grave threats from hostile neighbours, the government has been trying to develop a robust air defene system in place against all kind of air attacks including ballistic missiles.

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India has also concluded a deal with Russia to acquire state-of-the-art S-400 anti missile defence system to protect its vital installation from all kind of air attacks.

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