MRSAM: successfully tested by Indian Navy

Indian Navy successfully conducted test firing of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) on the Western Seaboard.

Key Highlights

  • About: The Indian Navy undertook its maiden cooperative engagement firing of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) and has achieved a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti Air Warfare Capability.
  • These Surface to Air Missiles are for now fitted onboard Kolkata Class Destroyers (comprised of INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Chennai) and in future would be fitted on all major warships of the Indian Navy.
  • Undertaken by: The firing trial was carried out jointly by the Indian Navy, Israel Aerospace Industries and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Undertaken on: The firing was undertaken on Western Seaboard by Indian Naval Ships (INS) Kochi and INS Chennai in which the missiles of both ships were controlled by one ship to obstruct different aerial targets at extended ranges.
  • Significance: By proving this cooperative mode of engagement and successful conduct of test, Indian Navy has now become a part of a select group of Navies that have this niche capability. This capability further enhances combat effectiveness of Indian Navy thus providing an operational edge over potential adversaries.

About MRSAM

  • It is Medium Range Surface to Air Missile which i.e. it is capable of engaging multiple aerial targets at range of more than 50 km.
  • It is manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited, India.
  • It is jointly developed by DRDL Hyderabad (a DRDO Lab), in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries.
  • It is designed to provide Indian defence force with air defensive capability against a variety of aerial threats at medium ranges.

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