Indian Navy joins elite club; fires missiles from two ships, controls from one


Indian Missile Test: Indian Navy’s Wednesday successfully tested firing of Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM) in a cooperative engagement firing mode on the south coast on Wednesday. The maiden test has been seen as a big boost to its warfare capabilities against the aerial targets as it demonstrated the Navy’s capability to fire a missile from a ship and control it from another ship in a cooperative engagement mode.

The MRSAM missiles was fired by Indian Naval Ships Kochi and Chennai, deployed at the western seaboard.

The missiles fired from both the ships were controlled by one ship to intercept different aerial targets at extended ranges.

These Surface to Air Missiles are fitted onboard the Kolkata Class Destroyers and would also be fitted on all future major warships of the Indian Navy.

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By successfully testing the firing of missiles from different missiles in cooperative mode, where missiles fired from one ship were controlled by another ships, Indian Navy has become a part of a select group of Navies that have this niche capability.

This capability significantly enhances the combat effectiveness of the Indian Navy thereby providing an operational edge over potential adversaries.

The complex missile firing exercise was conducted by officials from Indian Navy, DRDO and members of Israel Aerospace Industries.

The successful conduct of the test has been the result of sustained efforts by all stakeholders over the years.

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DRDO’s DRDL lab located in Hyderabad has jointly developed this missile in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries. The MRSAM has been manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited, India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Make In India programme.

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