DRDO successfully test-fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile

JNS: DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) successfully carried out the second test trials of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) on Tuesday

The flight test (second) was conducted at around 3:42 PM (on 17 November) from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.

The first in the series test of QRSAM took place on 13 November. Today’s flight test was carried out against the high-performance Jet Unmanned Aerial Target called Banshee, which simulates an aircraft, said the Ministry of Defence.

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. 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 the launcher, fully automated command and control system, surveillance system and multi-function radars,” the ministry 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 Indian Army,” it said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO for the back to back successful test trials of Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile.

In a tweet, Singh said first launch test on 13 November proved the Radar and Missile capabilities with a direct hit while today’s test demonstrated the warhead performance on proximity detection.