Hyderabad: India successfully tested a quick reaction surface-to-air missile (QRSAM) system on 17 November from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. The missile tracked the target accurately and successfully neutralised it.

The flight test is second in the series. The first test took place on 13 November. Tuesday's test was carried out once again against the high-performance Jet Unmanned Aerial Target called Banshee, which simulates an aircraft.

The radars acquired the target from a long range and tracked it till the mission computer automatically launched the missile. Continuous guidance was provided through the radar data link. The missile entered the terminal active homing guidance and reached the target close enough for proximity operation of warhead activation.

The flight test was conducted in the deployment configuration of the weapon system comprising launcher, fully-automated command and control system, surveillance system, and multi-function radars. The QRSAM weapon system, which can operate on the move, consists of indigenously-developed sub-systems. All objectives of the test were fully met. The launch was carried out in the presence of the users from the Indian Army.

A number of range instruments like radar, telemetry, and electro optical sensors were deployed which captured the complete flight data and verified the performance of the missile.

Teams from ARDE and R&DE(E) from Pune, LRDE Bengaluru, and IRDE Dehradun in addition to the Missile Complex Laboratories from Hyderabad and Balasore participated in the test.

Defense minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO scientists on the successful flight test. The secretary of DDR&D and chairman of DRDO, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, also congratulated all the teams who worked on the QRSAM project.

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