The Indian Army and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have successfully conducted six flight tests of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system.

The tests were conducted at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, situated off the Odisha coast.

The latest tests were part of the Indian Army’s evaluation trials. They were also carried out as part of the final deployment configuration that features all sub-systems developed indigenously.

According to the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the QRSAM system was tested against several high-speed aerial targets.

The authorities assessed various capabilities of the weapon system including its ability to manoeuvre targets at long-range medium altitude and short-range high altitude.

The missile was also tested under scenarios such as low radar signature, with receding and crossing targets, and salvo launch, with two missiles fired in quick succession.

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The QRSAM system’s performance was evaluated under both day and night scenarios.

Range instruments including telemetry, radar, and electro optical tracking systems recorded the data of the flight tests. 

In a statement, the MoD said: “During these tests, all the mission objectives were met, establishing pin-point accuracy of the weapon system with state-of-the-art guidance and control algorithms, including warhead chain.”

The weapon is capable of operating on the move with its search and track feature, and can fire on short halt. These features were validated during its mobility trials held recently.

QRSAM’s all-indigenous sub-systems include a radio frequency seeker, automated command and control system, mobile launcher, surveillance, and radars.

Lauding the efforts of the DRDO and the Indian Army, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the QRSAM weapon system “will be an excellent force multiplier for the Armed Forces”.

The Department of Defence R&D secretary and DRDO chairman said the missile system was ready to serve the Indian Army.