India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) added another feather to its cap on Monday, successfully test-firing the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from ITR Chandipur, off the Odisha Coast at 11.30 AM. According to a statement issued by the DRDO, the technologies and subsystems incorporated in the missile met all the mission requirements. All the radars, Electro Optical Systems, Telemetry Systems and other stations have tracked the Missile and monitored all the Parameters.
The Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley congratulated DRDO on the successful trial of QRSAM and said it is an important milestone in the indigenous Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) development.
Mounted on a truck, the short range missile took-off from a canister at 11.27 am and hit an electronic target within 30 seconds of its launch. This is the second test of the missile, the first of which was conducted on June 4, 2017. It will take another 7-8 tests for the missile to be operational. The aim of the missile is to create a highly mobile air defence system which can destroy multiple targets at a distance of 15 km.