Third successful launch of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile

Friday, July 1, 2016

New Delhi: A Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) was successfully test-fired on 30th June from the Integrated Test Range off Odisha Coast. The MRSAM is jointly developed by DRDO and IAI of Israel for the Indian Air Force. The missile guided by a Radar system and on-board avionics successfully hit a Pilotless target aircraft.

Many Indian industries like BEL, L&T, BDL, TATA group of companies besides other private industries have contributed to the development of a number of subsystems which have been put into use in this flight test. The MRSAM system provides reliable air defence at medium ranges.

Both, Indian and Israel teams participated in the launch campaign. The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar congratulated DRDO and the Industry Partners for successful demonstration of the Air Defence capability. Secretary Deptt of Def R&D and DG DRDO Dr. S Christopher declared the launch as a major milestone for the IAF towards air defence.

Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) was successfully test-fired for the second time from the Integrated Test Range off Odisha Coast at 1545 hrs on 30th June and it hit the target in a different envelope at low altitude. It met the mission requirements.
With a third consecutive successful test-firing today, the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) air defence system has achieved a Hat-Trick. The missile was launched at 1020 hrs from the test range of ITR, Chandipur. The objective of today’s mission was for maximum range and high maneuvering target. The missile guided by armoured seeker system hit the last minute maneuvering target.

With this launch, MRSAM system has proved the air defence capability for three different boundary envelopes of the target. The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar congratulated the team DRDO, Air Force, IAI, Israel and associated Industries for the hat-trick success of MRSAM weapon system.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee congratulated DRDO on the successful test-firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile. In a message to Dr. S. Christopher, Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development & Director General, DRDO, the President has said, "I extend hearty congratulations to all those associated with the successful test-firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM), developed jointly with Israel. The nation is proud of the achievement made by the DRDO and looks upon DRDO to make even greater efforts to boost India’s indigenous defence capabilities in technologically challenging areas.