MRSAM successfully test fired
GS Paper - 3 (Defence Technology)
The Army version of the next-generation medium-range surface-to-air missiles (MRSAMs), 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 27 March 2022.
- 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.
- The Army’s MRSAM system, which was tested in a deliverable configuration, 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 deployed by ITR, Chandipur.
- While the Navy and IAF have begun inducting their MRSAMs, also called the next-generation Barak-8 systems, the trials for the Army are currently underway.
- The three DRDO-IAI projects were inked at an initial cost of over Rs 30,000 crore several years ago.
- The flight tests of the MRSAM, developed jointly by DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), were conducted as part of the `live firing trials’ against high-speed aerial targets.
- It is capable of engaging multiple targets at ranges up to 70 km in severe saturation scenarios.
- The missile is powered by an indigenously developed rocket motor and control system for achieving high manoeuvrability during the terminal phase.