India test fires Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM) from Odisha coast

Bhubaneshwar, June 4: A Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM) was test fired by India on Sunday from Chandrapur in Odisha. As per reports, the QR-SAM was test fired from launch pad number 3 of Chandipur integrated test range at 12.39 pm.

The Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM) was jointly developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics Limited. As per reports, the missile system has the potential to engage multiple targets within a range of approximately 30 km, with the configuration of two vehicles for area air defence.

As per reports, the missile is equipped to for quick reaction and the system is all weather enabled, a network-centric one, which is also capable of search-on-the-move. The missile is a truck-mounted one with 360 degree rotatable, electronic-mechanically operated, turret-based launch unit.

Prior to today’s test launch, India also tested a Surface to air PYthon and Derby (SPYDER) Missile system in May. As per reports, the missile system was tested at the Chandipur Integrated Test Range.

The system reportedly fired Python-5 and Derby missiles as its interceptors. A highly maneuverable missile, the Python-5 missile has the feature of “lock-on after launch”. The Derby is reportedly a developed version of Python-4, with an active feature of radar homing.

WHAT IS SPYDER?

The SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is a low-level, quick reaction missile (LLQRM) to neutralise hostile targets up to 15 km away and at heights between 20 and 9,000 metres. The Python-5 is currently the most capable air-to-air missile (AAM) in Israel’s inventory, while the Derby is an active radar homing AAM that provides the SPYDER missile system with a fireand-forget option.

“The IAF will use the SPYDER along with the made-in-India Akash surface-to-air missile which has a little longer effective range of 25 km as part of a layered approach to defend vital assets and locations in the country,” the sources stated.

The IAF has taken a slew of measures to strengthen its air defence capabilities in the recent past as it is also going to deploy another air defence system called the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) system from Israel, which can strike down targets at 50-70km.

The force would receive a major boost when it starts getting the S-400 air defence missile system from Russia, which can take out targets at 400 km and can be very effective against enemy AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System) and cruise missiles at great distances.

 

 

 

 

Source:- India.com

 

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