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Indian Army to get medium-range surface to air missile produced by DRDO with Israel

Israel’s state-run IAI said it signed a contract with India worth over $1.6 billion.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2017 00:29 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Defence Research and Development Organisation,DRDO,Medium-range Surface to Air Missile
Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) of the DRDO, being test fired successfully from ITR Chandipur, off the Odisha Coast on July 3, 2017. (PTI)

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a pact with the Army for developing a medium-range surface to air missile (MRSAM) which will be capable of shooting down ballistic missiles and aircraft.

“The MoU heralds the commencement of development of MRSAM system in the configuration as required by the Army,” a senior Army official said.

He said the missile will be produced by the DRDO in collaboration with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The missile will be capable of engaging multiple aerial targets at a range of more than 50 kms.

In April, Israel’s state-run IAI had said it signed a contract with India worth over $1.6 billion for providing the missile to the Army.

“The MRSAM system will be capable of shooting down enemy ballistic missiles, aircraft, helicopters,drones, surveillance aircraft and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems) aircraft,” the official said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

He said procurement of the MRSAM will mark a paradigm shift in the Army’s strike capability.

The Army has been pressing the government for the MRSAM to enhance its strike capability.

MRSAM’s current version is operational with the Indian Air Force and Navy.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 00:20 IST