The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) on 27 March 2022 at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
The missile hit its target from a long distance during the test. A DRDO official has given this information. India has a very strong consignment of short and medium-range missiles. India tested two such missiles on 27 March 2022 from the Integrated Range in Balasore, Odisha.
This missile destroyed its target with great accuracy. Around 7000 people from three villages in the Balasore district were evacuated during the trial. Let us tell you that two tests of this missile were done. The first test was conducted with medium altitude long-range targets. The second test was conducted with a low-altitude low-range target. Both missile tests were successful.
The weight of MRSAM is approximately 275 kg. At the same time, its length is 4.5 meters, and its diameter is 0.45 meters. This missile emits less smoke after launch. It is almost impossible to survive an aircraft, vehicle, drone, or missile when it comes within its range.
DRDO has developed the MRSAM missile in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI). The first successful test of this missile was done in January 2021. The missile system consists of a multi-function radar, mobile launcher, and other military equipment and vehicles. India's Barak missile from Israel is also MRSAM.
According to the report, the range of MRSAM ranges from half a kilometer to 100 kilometers. Once released, it can directly hit a target up to 16 kilometers in the sky. The speed of this missile is 680 meters per second, i.e., 2448 kilometers per hour. Its speed and ability to chase targets make it extremely dangerous.
Significantly, India is continuously increasing its defense budget, and efforts are being made for self-reliance in the defense sector. Let us tell you that its benefits have also started. There has been a 6-fold jump in India's arms exports in the last eight years.