India test-fires two surface-to-air missiles off Odisha coast

Both intercepted the targets and destroyed them completely, says DRDO

Updated - March 27, 2022 10:08 pm IST

Published - March 27, 2022 04:31 pm IST - Balasore (Odisha)

Medium range surface to air missile was flight tested from Chandipur Integrated Test Range, in Odisha on March 27, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@DRDO_India

Medium range surface to air missile was flight tested from Chandipur Integrated Test Range, in Odisha on March 27, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@DRDO_India

India on Sunday successfully test–fired two Army–version Medium Range Surface–to Air–Missiles (MRSAMs) from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha.

The flight tests were carried out as part of live–firing trials against high–speed aerial targets, sources in the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) said, adding that the missiles intercepted the targets and destroyed them completely, registering direct hits at both the ranges.

The first missile hit a medium–altitude long–range target and the second a low–altitude short–range one.

This MRSAM version is developed jointly by the DRDO and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the Army. The system comprises multi–function radar, mobile launcher system and other vehicles.

The flight tests were carried out with the weapon system in deliverable configuration. The performance was validated through the flight data captured by range instruments like radars, electro–optical tracking systems and telemetry deployed by the ITR, Chandipur.

The flight tests were carried out in the presence of senior officials from the DRDO and the Army.

“The MRSAM–Army missile system flight tested from ITR Balasore at around 1030 Hrs intercepting a high speed aerial target at long range. The target was destroyed by the missile in a direct hit,” the DRDO tweeted.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO, the Army and the defence industry on the successful tests. He said both the tests establish the capability of the weapon system in intercepting targets at critical ranges.

DRDO Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy complimented the teams involved in the flight trial.

As a precautionary measure, the Balasore district administration had temporarily shifted around 7,000 people from three villages close to the ITR to safety.

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