• India displayed its latest surface-to-air missile system, called the MRSAM, in a parade held on 26 January to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding.
• The new missile system is developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
• The MRSAM provides the armed forces with air defense capability against a variety of aerial threats at medium ranges.
• The missile launcher and the command post would be made in India, with the rest of the complex system – including the missile itself to be made in Israel.
• IAI will reportedly supply India with 2,000 missiles capable of intercepting enemy aircraft and missiles within a 70-kilometer range.
• The proposed MRSAM, to replace the old Pechora missiles which currently in service of Indian Defense Forces.
Essential features and capabilities
• According to airforce-technology.com, the MRSAM missile is equipped with an advanced active radar radio frequency (RF) seeker, advanced rotating phased array radar and a bidirectional data link.
• The RF seeker, located in the front section of the missile, is used to detect moving targets in all weather conditions.
• The MRSAM surface-to-air missile is powered by a dual-pulse solid propulsion system developed by DRDO.
• The propulsion system, coupled with a thrust vector control system, allows the missile to move at a maximum speed of Mach 2.
• The weapon has the ability to engage multiple targets simultaneously at ranges of 70km.
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