India test fires rapid-reaction surface-to-air missile into Odisha’s Balasore


The missile was launched from ITR Chandipur at 3:50 p.m. off the coast of Odisha.


India has successfully tested the Surface-to-Air Rapid Reaction Missile (QRSAM) system off Balasore in Odisha. The missile hit its target directly during the test.

The missile was launched from ITR Chandipur at 3:50 p.m. off the coast of Odisha. The missile is powered by a single-stage solid rocket motor and uses all native subsystems. The missile is canisterized for transport and launch using a mobile launcher capable of carrying 6 canisterized missiles, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

All elements of the QRSAM weapon system such as the multifunction battery radar, battery surveillance radar, battery control station vehicle and mobile launcher were deployed during the flight test. The system is able to detect and track moving targets and engage the target with short halts. The system is designed to provide air defense cover against Indian Army strike columns.

The radar tracked the Banshee target from the furthest distance and the missile was launched when the target was in the kill zone and hit direct hit with terminal active guidance via RF Seeker. Different DRDO DRDL, RCI, LRDE, R&DE (E), IRDE, ITR laboratories participated in the test.


The elements of the weapon system were carried out through the BEL, BDL defense PSUs and the private sector L&T. The missile system is completely native with active RF researchers, electromechanical actuation systems (EMA) from various industries. Radar is a four-wall phased active matrix radar. All range-tracking stations, radars, EOTs, and telemetry stations monitored the flight parameters.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and DD R&D Secretary and DRDO Chairman Dr G. Satheesh Reddy congratulated the DRDO scientists for this achievement.

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