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Vikash Sharma

Six flight-tests of Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system were successfully conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army.

The flight tests, which were part of evaluation trials by the Indian Army, were conducted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur off Odisha coast on Thursday.

As per PIB, the flight-tests were carried out against high-speed aerial targets mimicking various types of threats to evaluate the capability of the weapon systems under different scenarios, including long-range medium altitude, short range, high altitude maneuvering target, low radar signature with receding, crossing target and salvo launch with two missiles fired in quick succession.

The system performance was also evaluated under day and night operation scenarios. All the mission objectives were met establishing pin-point accuracy of the weapon system with state-of-the-art guidance and control algorithms including the warhead chain.

The tests were conducted in the final deployment configuration consisting of all indigenously-developed sub-systems, including the missile with indigenous Radio Frequency (RF) seeker, mobile launcher, fully automated command and control system, surveillance and multi-function Radars.

The uniqueness of the QRSAM weapon system is that it can operate on the move with search and track capability and fire on short halt. This has been proven during the mobility trials conducted earlier, the report added.

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