India on 4 June 2017 successfully test-fired indigenous first all weather tracked-chassis Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QR-SAM). The QR-SAM was test-fired from a mobile launcher at Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha at around 12:39 p.m. local time.
This test of the QR-SAM was the first test of the indigenously developed sophisticated high-speed missile that is capable of destroying aerial targets, tanks, bunkers and short range missiles.
Official sources said the test was carried out for validating various parameters of the sophisticated weapon system to further strengthen its air defence system.
Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM)
• The QR-SAM was jointly developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics Limited.
• Reports suggest that this missile system has the potential to engage multiple targets within a range of approximate 30 kilometres, with the configuration of two vehicles for area air defence.
• It is equipped for quick reaction and the system is all weather enabled, a network-centric one, which is also capable of search-on-the-move.
• It is a truck-mounted missile and is 360 degree rotatable, electronic-mechanically operated, turret-based launch unit.
• The missile, which is a highly mobile air defence system, can also deceive enemy radars making it to be detected.
• It can also be used as an anti-sea skimmer from a ship against low flying attacking missiles. It employs dual thrust propulsion stage using high-energy solid propellant.
What: Successfully test-fired
When: 4 June 2017