India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army have completed six flight tests of the indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile System (QRSAM), the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.
According to a press release by the MoD on 8 September, the tests were conducted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the northeastern coast in Odisha. The flight tests were conducted as part of evaluation trials, the MoD said.
A DRDO source told Janes that the test was an evaluation conducted by the Indian Army. “We [have been] developing the QRSAM for the Indian Army,” the source said. “Now that the development of [the] QRSAM is completed, the Indian Army tested the missiles for its usage. This is called a user test or an evaluation test. [It is] like a pre-induction test.”
Vipin Kumar Kaushik, the director of the DRDO’s Directorate of Public Interface, told Janes that the DRDO regards the QRSAM as now ready for Indian Army induction.
- News Agencies / Janes