QRSAM Missile System Test Fired by DRDO

The Ministry of Defence launched the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) System on November 13, 2020 off the Odisha Coast. The QRSAM has achieved major milestone since it hit direct on to a Banshee Pilotless target aircraft at medium range and medium altitude.

Highlights

The QRSAM missile is propelled by a single stage solid propellant rocket motor. The missile also uses all the indigenous subsystems. The Missile has been canisterised for transportation. It has been launched using a mobile launcher that is capable of carrying 6 canisterised missiles.

QRSAM

Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) is a missile that has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It has been developed in association with the Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for the Indian Army.

Specification

It is an all-weather, all-terrain surface-to-air missile that has been equipped with the electronic counter measures against the jamming by aircraft radars. It can be mounted on a truck and it is stored in a canister. The missile uses solid-fuel propellant. It has a range of 25–30 km. This is a single-staged missile that is propelled by the system using solid propellants. The system has the capability to search and track targets while it moves. It is a compact weapon system and has a fully automated Command and Control System. The system comprise of two four-walled radars that provides for 360-degree coverage. The two systems are  the Active Array Battery Surveillance Radar and the Active Array Battery Multifunction Radar.

Testing

The missile was first test fired on June 4, 2017 followed by the second successful test on July 3,  2017. The latest and the eight in number test was conducted on November 13, 2020.

About the latest system

The latest missile system has deployed the elements such as Battery Multifunction Radar, Battery Surveillance Radar, Battery Command Post Vehicle and Mobile Launcher. The system is capable of detecting and tracking targets on the move. It also engage the target with short halts and is designed to give air defence coverage against strike columns of Indian Army.