India’s quick reaction surface-to-air missile test fired for first time


India’s indigenously developed quick reaction surface-to-air short range missile (QR-SAM) has been successfully test-fired for the first time.

The missile was fired from a truck-mounted canister launcher from launch pad number three of an integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district off the Odisha coast, reported International Business Times.

During the developmental trial, the advanced QR-SAM successfully struck and destroyed an aerial target, reported Press Trust of India.

Jointly developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics (BEL), the missile system is said to be designed to be able to engage multiple targets within a strike range of about 20km to 30km, along with the configuration of two vehicles for area air defence.

"During the developmental trial, the advanced QR-SAM successfully struck and destroyed an aerial target."

The quick reaction, all-weather QR-SAM is a network-centric missile system equipped with a 360° rotatable, electronic-mechanically operated, turret-based launch unit, reported the Deccan Chronicle.

On 2 June, DRDO successfully conducted another test-firing of the domestically-built nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile.

The missile launch was carried out by India's Nuclear Command Authority’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) and was monitored by scientists from DRDO, reported IANS.

With a strike range of 350km, the Prithvi-II missile can carry warheads weighing from 500kg to 1,000kg and is powered by a liquid propulsion twin engine.