The Army version of the next-generation medium range surface-to-air missiles, developed jointly with Israel to destroy hostile aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and drones at a range of 70-km, was tested twice from the Chandipur integrated test range off the Odisha coast on Sunday.
The flight tests of the MRSAM, developed jointly by DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries, were conducted as part of the ‘live firing trials’ against high-speed aerial targets. “The first launch was to intercept a medium-altitude target at a long range and the second was to prove the capability against a low-altitude target at short range. The missiles intercepted the aerial targets and destroyed them completely, registering direct hits at both the ranges,” a DRDO official said.
Army’s MRSAM system includes multi-function radar, mobile launcher system and other vehicles. “The weapon system’s performance was validated through the flight data captured by range instruments like radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry,” he said. While Navy and IAF have begun inducting their MRSAMs, the trials for the Army are underway.