India successfully test-fires quick reaction surface-to-air missile
26 February 2019
India today successfully test-fired a short-range Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from a test facility at Chandipur in Balasore district off the Odisha coast.
The missile, which has a strike range of about 30 km, is capable of killing aerial targets, tanks and bunkers, sources added.
The success came hours after the Indian Air Force launched strikes on terror camps beyond the Line of Control, eliminating "a very large number" of terrorists and their trainers.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired two of the indigenously developed QRSAMs from a canister mounted on a rotatable truck-based launch unit.
The two missiles were tested for different altitude and conditions. The test flights successfully demonstrated the robust control, aerodynamics, propulsion, structural performance and high manoeuvring capabilities, thus proving the design configuration, a DRDO release stated.
Radars, electro optical systems, telemetry and other stations have tracked the missiles and monitored through the entire flights. All the mission objectives have been met.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO on the successful test flights and said the indigenously developed state-of-the-art QRSAM will significantly boost the defence capabilities of our armed forces.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik also congratulated DRDO for achieving the feat.