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 25km, was successfully tested from the Chandipur integrated test range off the Odisha coast on Tuesday.
DRDO officials say the QRSAM 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.