India test fires surface-to-air missile developed with Israel
India test fires missile using mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. PHOTO SOURCE: TWITTER @DDNATIONAL
India test fired a new surface-to-air missile, developed jointly with Israel, from a defence base off Odisha coast on Thursday, Times of India reported.
A DRDO official claimed that the medium range missile (MR-SAM), a joint venture of India and Israel, was launched using a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur.
“The test launch was a grand success and it met all the targets,” the officer said.
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The missile was initially scheduled to be tested on Wednesday, however, was postponed due to unknown reasons.
The surface-to-air missile was launched after receiving signal from radars to intercept a moving aerial target with the help of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) ‘Banshee’ over the Bay of Bengal.
According to reports, the system comprises of features, including a Multi Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) in order to detect, track and guide the missile.
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“The missile along with MF-STAR will provide the users with the capability to neutralise any aerial threats,” a Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist stated.
The scientist further revealed that the missile was developed by Indian Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).