India’s Quick-Reaction-Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM): In a big boost to the country’s air defence system, Indian Army and apex defence research body, the DRDO, Thursday successfully completed six flight tests of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system off the Odisha Coast in Eastern India. The flight tests have been conducted as part of evaluation trials by the Indian Army, said the DRDO.
According to officials, these flight tests were carried out against high-speed aerial targets mimicking various types of aerial threats to evaluate the capability of the weapon systems under different scenarios including long-range medium altitude, short-range high, altitude maneuvering target, low radar signature with receding and crossing target.
One of the test was aimed at foiling a salvo launch as two missiles were fired in quick succession, said the officials.
Quick-Reaction-Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM)
“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 QRSAM weapon system with state-of-the-art guidance and control algorithms including the warhead chain,” the Defence Ministry said in a statment.
According to the defence ministry, the system’s performance was 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 DRDO and the Indian Army participated in the launch.
Moreover, these tests were conducted in the final deployment configuration consisting of all indigenously developed sub-systems including the missile with indigenous RF seeker, mobile Electro-Optical Tracking System, fully automated command and control system, surveillance and multi-function Radars.
Officials said that the QRSAM weapon system can operate on the move with search and track capability and fire on a short halt. This unique capability of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) has already been proven during the mobility trials conducted earlier.