DRDO Successfully Test-Fires Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile(QRSAM)
The QRSAM Missile just hit the target precisely during its trial period. It was tested for a medium-range, and the Missile successfully destroyed an uncrewed target aircraft.
Here are the precise Defence Ministry’s words on the successful test-fire – “The Quick-Reaction-Surface-To-Air missile accurately neutralized an airborne target, in its second successful test in five days”.
India on Tuesday 17th November 2020 successfully executed a second test-fire of quick reaction surface air missile (QRSAM) in Chandipur. It was a second achievement back-to-back after the first QRSAM test conducted on 13th November 2020. Both the tests of the QRSAM system developed by the Defense Research and Development organisation’s (DRDO) were carried out against the Banshee target drone that simulates an aircraft. The Missile hit the aerial spot from an integrated test range at Chandipur off the Odisha Coast.
“Defense Minister Rajnath Singh offered a big congratulations to the DRDO team for successful back-to-back test-fires of missiles“. The test was conducted in the deployment stage with the weapon system comprising of fully automated command and control system, launcher, multi-function radars, and advanced surveillance systems. The QRSAM system was operated on the move, and all indigenous subsystems were developed. The official launch was performed in the presence of the Indian army, and all objectives of the test were fully met. The performance and working of the Missile were verified by the flight data obtained with the help of range instruments like electro-optical sensors, telemetry, and radars.
Defence minister after congratulating also tweeted that “First launch on 13th November 2020 proved missiles capabilities with a milestone of an accurate direct hit”. Second test-fire on 17th November 2020 has exceptionally demonstrated the warhead performance on proximity detection.
In the last three months, India has successfully carried out a number of the weapons test where India and China are locked in a border row near Ladakh sector. The supersonic Missile – assisted release of the torpedo (SMART) was one of the recent significant tests conducted by India to target submarines at long ranges heavily. India has prepared newer versions of anti-radiation Missile and hypersonic Shaurya missile with a range of 750 km to take down enemy’s radars and surveillance systems.
Mach 6 – It is an ultra-modern weapon that can travel six times faster than the speed of the sound (i.e. 343 meters per second). India is highly focussed on developing such modern weapons, and just recently in September, DRDO carried out the launch of hypersonic technology from Odisha coast for the first time.
This reminds of the canister-based test firing of the Agni-V long-range surface-to-surface Missile off the coast of Odisha. It was launched from a canister mounted on a road-mobile launcher as a part of the Integrated Test Range. This nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile had a range of more than 5,000 km.
With two successful launches, India is too close than ever to become a powerful nation to acquire manoeuvring hypersonic missiles which are extremely hard to track and intercept.