Indigenous quick-reaction anti-aircraft missile successfully tested | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The indigenous quick-reaction surface to air missile (QR-SAM) system, which is designed to intercept hostile fighters, helicopters and drones at a range up to 25-km, was successfully tested from the Chandipur integrated test range off the Odisha coast on Tuesday.
DRDO officials say the QR-SAM will now need to go through user-trials before it is ready for induction into the armed forces. India, incidentally, has acquired Israeli Spyder QR-SAM units over the last few years in the absence of such indigenous systems.
“The development of the indigenous QR-SAM is complete. On November 13, the QR-SAM system was successful in directly hitting the ‘Banshee’ high-performance jet unmanned aerial target, which simulates an aircraft,” said an official.
“The test on Tuesday was to prove the performance parameters of the warhead. The QR-SAM system tracked the Banshee target accurately and successfully neutralized it by proximity operation of warhead activation,” he added.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh and DRDO chief Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the scientists for the second consecutive successful test of the QR-SAM system, which met all objectives that were laid down.
The QR-SAM project was sanctioned in August 2014 at an initial development cost of Rs 476 crore, with the first test being conducted in June 2017. The QR-SAM systems, which are mounted on trucks, includes fully-automated command and control systems, active array battery surveillance radars, multi-function radars and the missile launchers.
DRDO has conducted a series of development tests of different weapon systems in recent days amid the ongoing military confrontation in eastern Ladakh with China.
They range from a new anti-radiation missile Rudram-1 (100-200 km strike range), a hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV), extended range BrahMos cruise missile (400-km range), nuclear-capable Shaurya ballistic missile (750-1,000 km), a laser-guided anti-tank guided missile and a supersonic missile assisted release of torpedo (SMART) weapon system.
While these tests were successful, a flight-test of the Nirbhay land-attack cruise missile, designed to have a strike range of 1,000-km, had failed on October 12.



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