Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM)


  • In an important step towards its induction, the indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) achieved a direct hit on to a pilotless target aircraft at medium range and altitude in a test conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The launch took place from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, off Odisha coast and it achieved a direct hit on a Banshee pilotless target aircraft at medium range and altitude.

    Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM)
    PIB/PTI Photo

About Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM)

  • A canister-based system, which means that it is stored and operated from specially designed compartments.
  • In the canister, the inside environment is controlled, thus along with making its transport and storage easier, the shelf life of weapons also improves significantly.
  • A short range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, primarily designed and developed by DRDO to provide a protective shield to moving armoured columns of the Army from enemy aerial attacks.
  • The entire weapon system has been configured on a mobile and manoeuvrable platform and is capable of providing air defence on the move.
  • It has been designed for induction into the Army and has a range of 25 to 30 km.
  • The QRSAM weapon ensemble, which functions on the move, consists of a fully automated command and control system, two radars — Active Array Battery Surveillance Radar, Active Array Battery Multifunction Radar — and one launcher.
  • Both radars have a 360-degree coverage with “search on move” and “track on move” capabilities.
  • The system is compact, uses a single stage solid propelled missile and has a mid-course inertial navigation system with two-way data link and terminal active seeker developed indigenously by DRDO.

Source: Indian Express

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