Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM)

• 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.

Vital highlights

• 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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