IAI receives more than $1.6bn contract to deliver MRSAM to Indian Army


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has received a contract worth more than $1.6bn to deliver advanced medium-range surface-to-air missiles (MRSAM) to the Indian Army.

The air and missile defence system was co-developed by IAI and India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in collaboration with Rafael and IAI / Elta.

The MRSAM is equipped with an advanced phased-array radar, command and control, mobile launchers and missiles with advanced RF seekers.

With an ability to provide protection against a variety of aerial threats, the system is currently in service with the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Israel Defense Forces.

IAI president and CEO Joseph Weiss said: "Over the past 25 years, IAI has worked with the Indian defence industries and armed forces in many areas as part of our strategic partnership.

“The current contracts represent an enormous expression of confidence by the Government of India in IAI's capabilities and advanced technologies, which are being developed with our local partners as part of the Indian Government's 'Make in India' policy.

"We continue to stand with our partners in India at the forefront of technology for the defence and security of both our countries."

"We continue to stand with our partners in India at the forefront of technology for the defence and security of both our countries."

In addition, IAI will supply more LRSAM air & missile defence systems for India's first aircraft carrier.

The company successfully tested the  MRSAM air and missile defence system from the Indian Test Range in 2016.

Three flight tests were conducted in total to evaluate all components of the weapon system, IAI stated.

The tests involved firing MRSAM missiles from a land-based mobile launcher, which successfully hit a target simulating enemy threats.


Image: IAI's MRSAM missile during a test. Photo: courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries.