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India conducts second successful flight test of QRSAM in four days
New Delhi, November 17, 2020
India today conducted the second flight test of its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system in four days, in which it tracked the airborne target accurately and successfully neutralised it.
The flight test was conducted at around 1542 hours today from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.
Like the previous test on November 13, today's test was also carried out against the high performance Jet Unmanned Aerial Target called Banshee, which simulates an aircraft.
"The radars acquired the target from a long range and tracked it till the mission computer automatically launched the missile. Continuous guidance was provided through radar data link. Missile entered the terminal active homing guidance and reached the target close enough for proximity operation of warhead activation," a press release from the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) said.
The flight test was conducted in the deployment configuration of the weapon system comprising Launcher, fully Automated Command and Control System, Surveillance System and Multi Function Radars. The QRSAM weapon system, which can operate on the move, consists of all indigenously developed subsystems, the release said.
"All objectives of the test were fully met. The launch was carried out in the presence of the users from Indian Army," it said.
"A number of range instruments like Radar, Telemetry and Electro Optical Sensors were deployed which captured the complete flight data and verified the performance of the missile.
"Teams from ARDE and R&DE (E) from Pune, LRDE Bengaluru, and IRDE Dehradun in addition to the Missile Complex Laboratories from Hyderabad and Balasore participated in the test," it said.
"The first in the series test of QRSAM took place on November 13 achieving the milestone of a direct hit. Second test proved the performance parameters of warhead," it added.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO scientists on the successful flight test of QRSAM. Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated all the teams who worked on the QRSAM project, on the second continuous successful flight test.