Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday test fired Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system from Balasore situated near the coast of Odisha.
The missile was launched at 1550 hours from Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur and shot down the target with complete precision. The Banshee drone was used as the simulated target for the system.
QRSAM is a short range anti-aircraft missile system developed to replace the Soviet-era S-125 “Pechora” in service with Indian armed forces. It is capable of engaging targets within the range of 30km. It has coverage of 360° with the presence of Active Array Battery Surveillance Radar and the Active Array Battery Multifunction Radar, that completes the system.
This test is the recent addition to the series of missile tests being carried out by India for past few weeks. India has already conducted approximately 18 weapon firing tests since September.
The tests are being conducted amid a standoff with China at Line of Actual Control (LAC). The recent scuffles between Indian and Chinese troops at the border resulted in worsening political relations between New Delhi and Beijing. In order to maintain battle preparedness, both nations are carrying out military drills and weapon testings. Missile systems are also deployed on both sides of the border. With BrahMos and Nirbhay, India prepared to counter Chinese missile placements.