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  • 10 September, 2021

  • 15 Min Read

Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) System

Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) System

  • In a significant boost to India’s defence capabilities, the first deliverable Firing Unit (FU) of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) System was handed over to Indian Air Force (IAF).

  • The MRSAM (IAF) is an advanced network-centric combat Air Defence System developed jointly by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in collaboration with the Indian industry comprising private and public sectors including MSMEs.
  • The MRSAM system provides point and area air defence for ground assets against a wide range of threats including fighter aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, guided and unguided munitions, sub-sonic & supersonic cruise missiles etc.
  • It is capable of engaging multiple targets at ranges up to 70 km in severe saturation scenarios.
  • The State of the art missile system is powered by an indigenously developed rocket motor and control system for achieving high manoeuvrability during the terminal phase.

  • The Raksha Mantri described the development of the MRSAM system as a shining example of the close partnership between India and Israel, adding that handing over of the system to IAF has taken this decades-old friendship to greater heights.
  • The Raksha Mantri reiterated the Government’s resolve to strengthen the security infrastructure of the country to deal with any challenges arising out of the rapidly changing global strategic scenario.
  • He stated that the modernisation of the Armed Forces and building a self-reliant defence industry are being accorded top priority.
  • Stressing on the need for a strong military, he said Government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the security and overall development of the country.
  • He listed out the measures taken by the Government, including
  1. Setting up of Defence Industrials Corridors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu;
  2. The corporatisation of Ordnance Factory Board;
  3. Notification of two positive indigenisation lists of over 200 items to increase exports and Transfer of Technology (ToT) by DRDO to the private sector.

Source: PIB


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