India test fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air-Missiles
On November 13, 2020, India test fired all-weather Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air-Missiles at the Chandipur Test Fire Range. It is called QRSAM and is a canister-based system.
The missile is capable of striking aerial target at a height of 15 km. It is launched from mobile two vehicle system. One of the vehicles in the system carries the missile and the second carries the radar. The radar can track 100 targets simultaneously. Also, it is capable of engaging six targets simultaneously.
What is Canister-based system?
It is stored and operated from specially designed compartments. The inside environment of canister-based systems are controlled. This makes the storage of these missiles easier. Also, these systems have increased shelf life.
Increasing Shelf Life of missiles is a part of modernization of Indian Army.
QRSAM consists of an Active Array Battery Surveillance Radar, a launcher and an active array battery multifunction radar. The radars have 360-degree coverage with ‘track on move’ and ‘search on move’ capabilities.
Other recent Missile Tests
On October 23, 2020, the Indian Navy released a video showing the INS Prabal launching a missile. Similar tests were conducted by Indian Navy on October 30, 2020 as well. On October 30, 2020, the Indian Navy test fired an anti-ship missile from INS Kora in Bay of Bengal.
The other recently conducted missile test fires of India are as follows
- RUDRAM anti-radiation missile
- A new version of shaurya missile
- LASER guided anti-tank missile
- Brahmos missile with an indigenous booster
- Prithvi II missile
- Test fire of RUSTOM II
- TORPEDO SMART
- Flight test of ABHYAS
- Test fire of Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle
- Flight Test of Naval Version of BRAHMOS
- Test fire of PRITHVI II
- Failed test of Nirbhay
- SANT Missile test
- Nag Missile
- Test Fire of Brahmos Supersonic Cruise Missile by the Indian Air Force
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