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In second test in four days, India-made quick reaction missile hits airborne target

Photo: India-made QRSAM being tested.

New Delhi: In its second test in four days, an India-made Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system tracked an airborne target accurately and successfully neutralised it, in yet another display of the Indian defence scientists’ mastery in missile technology.

“The flight test, second in the series, was conducted today at around 1542 hours from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. The test was carried out once again, against the high performance Jet Unmanned Aerial Target called Banshee, which simulates an aircraft,” a Ministry of Defence release said.

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 radar data link. The missile entered the terminal active homing guidance and reached the target close enough for proximity operation of warhead activation.

“The flight test was conducted in the deployment configuration of the weapon system comprising of launcher, fully automated command and control system, surveillance system and multi-function radars,” it said.

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

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A number of range instruments like radar, telemetry and electro-optical sensors were deployed, which captured the complete flight data and verified the performance of the missile.

The first in the series test of QRSAM took place on Nov. 13, achieving the milestone of a direct hit. The second test proved the performance parameters of the warhead.

Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists on the successful flight test of the QRSAM.

DRDO chairman and Secretary of Department of Defence Research and Development Dr G. Satheesh Reddy congratulated all the teams who worked on the QRSAM project, on the second continuous successful flight test.

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