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.

Key Highlights

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


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