Bhubaneswar, June 5: On Sunday, India successfully test-fired indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM) from the launch complex-1 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha. Developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), this was for the first time QR-SAM was being test fired.
Developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), QR-SAM was test-fired at about 12.40 pm from a truck-mounted canister launcher from launch complex-1 at the Integrated Test Range (ITR).
It was a developmental trial of the state-of-the-art missile, which engaged an aerial target successfully, they said. The missile, which has a strike range of 20 to 30 kms, is capable of engaging multiple targets. Designed to be a quick reaction missile, it is an all-weather weapon system capable of tracking and firing, the sources said. The QR-SAM is a truck-mounted missile and has a 360° rotatable, electro-mechanically operated, turret-based launch unit.
Prior to Sunday’s test launch, India had tested a Surface to air PYthon and Derby (SPYDER) Missile system in May from the Chandipur Integrated Test Range. The system reportedly fired Python-5 and Derby missiles as its interceptors. A highly maneuverable missile, the PYthon-5 missile has the feature of "lock-on after launch." The Derby is reportedly a developed version of PYthon-4, with an active feature of radar homing.