India on Tuesday successfully conducted the second test flight of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) System at around 1542 hrs from the Chandipur Integrated Test Range in Odisha.
In the second flight-test, the QRSAM System tracked the target accurately and successfully neutralised the airborne target.
“The test was carried out once again, against the high-performance Jet Unmanned Aerial Target called Banshee, which simulates an aircraft,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
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 Radar data link. Missile entered the terminal active homing guidance and reached the target close enough for proximity operation of warhead activation, the statement further said.
The flight test was conducted in the deployment configuration of the weapon system comprising of 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 all indigenously developed subsystems and had met all objectives of the test. The launch was carried out in the presence of the users from 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, the Defence Ministry said.
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.
The first QRSAM test took place on November 13,achieving the milestone of a direct hit. Second test proved the performance parameters of warhead.
The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO scientists on the successful flight test of QRSAM.
Secretary DDR&D and DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated all the teams who worked on the QRSAM project, on the second continuous successful flight test.