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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Balasore: India successfully test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha on Tuesday for the second time in four days.

As per official sources, the test was conducted around 3.42 pm from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. The missile accurately hit an airborne target and neutralised it.

It was carried out against high-performance jet unmanned aerial target 'Banshee', which simulates an aircraft. The radars acquired the target from a long-range and tracked it till the mission computer automatically launched the missile. Continuous guidance was provided through a radar data link, an ITR statement said.

The QRSAM weapon system, which can operate on the move, consists of indigenously developed subsystems. All objectives of the test were fully met. The launch was carried out in the presence of the users from the Army.

A number of range instruments were deployed which captured the complete flight data and verified the performance of the missile, the statement read.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO scientists on the successful flight test of QRSAM.

DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy congratulated all the teams that worked on the QRSAM project for the second successful test.

Continuing the test trials of Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile, the second successful flight test within a week proved the proximity-based warhead performance, said DRDO officials.

The first QRSAM test was conducted on November 13. India test-fired the QRSAM system at an integrated test range in Chandipur off the Odisha coast. The successful test-firing of the QRSAM, having a range of around 30 km, paves the way for its commercial production, officials informed.

(Nitesh Kumar Sahoo With PTI Inputs)

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