India tests quick reaction surface-to-air missile for second time


India has test-fired its quick reaction surface-to-air short range missile (QR-SAM) for the second time from the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the Odisha coast.

The missile was fired from a truck-mounted canister launcher from launch complex-3 at ITR, the Press Trust of India reported.

The first trial of QR-SAM was conducted on 4 June from the same base.

During the latest test conducted on 3 July, the Defence Research and Development Organisation-built (DRDO) missile reportedly met all mission requirements and objectives.

"The missile was tracked by radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems, and other stations."

The QR-SAM's technologies and subsystems have also ‘performed well’, the Indian Ministry of Defence stated.

The missile was tracked by radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems, and other stations.

India Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that the successful trial of QRSAM is an important milestone in the indigenous surface-to-air missile (SAM) development.

Jointly developed by DRDO and Bharat Electronics (BEL), the missile system is said 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.

The 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.