India Test Fires Surface-to-Air Missile Co-Developed with Israel
The test launch was a grand success and it met all the targets, said a DRDO official.
India successfully test fired a new surface-to-air missile on Wednesday, developed jointly with Israel, from a defence base off Odisha coast.
The medium range missile (MR-SAM), a product of joint venture between India and Israel, was successfully test launched from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at around 08.15 hours. The test launch was a grand success and it met all the targets.Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Official
The missile positioned at launch pad-3 of the ITR swung in to action after getting signal from the radars to intercept a moving aerial target supported by an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) ‘Banshee’ over the Bay of Bengal, officials said.
Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile, they said.
The missile along with MF-STAR will provide the users with the capability to neutralise any aerial threats.
Indian Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL), a laboratory of DRDO based in Hyderabad, has jointly developed this missile in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), he said.
A new production facility to deliver 100 missiles a year has been established for this type of long range and medium range surface-to-air missiles at M/s Bharat Dynamics Limited, India.
The missile, which was initially proposed to be tested on Tuesday, was deferred at the last moment to Wednesday.
(With PTI inputs)
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