Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army have successfully test-fired the Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) six times from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Odisha’s Chandipur.
The flight tests were carried out against high-speed aerial targets mimicking various types of aerial threats to evaluate the capability of the weapon systems under different scenarios, including long-range medium altitude, short range high, altitude maneuvering target, low radar signature with receding and crossing targets and salvo launch with two missiles fired in quick succession. The system performance was also evaluated under day and night operation scenarios.
During these tests, all the mission objectives were met, establishing the pin-point accuracy of the QRSAM weapon system with state-of-the-art guidance and control algorithms, including the warhead chain. The performance of the system has been confirmed from the data captured by a number of Range instruments like Telemetry, Radar, and Electro-Optical Tracking Systems (EOTS) deployed by ITR. Senior officials from DRDO and the Indian Army participated in the launches.
These tests were conducted in the final deployment configuration consisting of all indigenously developed sub-systems including the missile with indigenous RF seeker, mobile launcher, fully automated command and control system, surveillance, and multi-function Radars. The uniqueness of the QRSAM weapon system is that it can operate on the move with search and track capability and fire at a short halt. This has been proven during the mobility trials conducted earlier.