QRSAM Test-Fired Off Odisha Coast
India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired the Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, Balasore.
Two of these missiles were launched from a rotatable truck-based launch unit. The QRSAM uses solid fuel propellant and has a range of 25-30 kilometres, with electronic countermeasures against jamming by airplane radars. The missile can be mounted on a truck and stored in a canister. Furthermore, the missile has in-built tracking abilities. It will now supplement the medium surface-to-air missile, ‘Akash’. The QRSAM was developed jointly by the DRDO, Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for the Indian Army.
These missiles were first tested on June 4, 2017, and the second launch was conducted on July 3rd, 2017. The Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore had previously also witnessed the successful test-fire of India’s ambitious indigenous missile, the AGNI-IV, which has a strike range of around 4,000 kilometres.
The launch comes in the backdrop of strikes conducted across the Line of Control in Balakot by the Indian Air Force in an early morning surprise attack on the Pakistani terror launch pads.