India’s air defence system achieves a hat-trick

Scoring a hat-trick, India on Friday successfully test fired the new surface-to-air missile developed jointly with Israel from a defence base off Odisha coast in a third consecutive trial of the air defence system.

The missile with a strike range of 70 km was launched at 1020 hours from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, a Defence statement said.

“With a third consecutive successful test firing today, the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) air defence system has achieved a hat-trick,” it said.

High manoeuvring target

“The objective of today’s mission was for maximum range and high manoeuvring target. The missile guided by armoured seeker system hit the last minute manoeuvring target,” the Defence release said.

With this, MRSAM system has proved the air defence capability for three different boundary envelopes of the target, it said.

Defence Research and Development Organisation created history by conducting three consecutive successful trials of the missile for Indian Air Force, a DRDO official said. The missile had been successfully test-fired twice on Thursday from the ITR. — PTI

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