MRSAM, Air & Missile Defense Systems developed jointly by IAI, ISRAEL & DRDO, India was successfully tested in the last few days from Indian Test Range.
MRSAM is an advanced path-breaking air and missile defense system that provides ultimate protection against a variety of aerial platforms. It is used by the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Israeli Defense Forces in its naval version. The system includes an Advanced Phased Array Radar, Command and Control, Mobile Launchers and Missiles with advanced RF Seeker.
MRSAM is jointly developed by IAI and DRDO for Indian Air force. IAI in collaboration with ELTA and RAFAEL developed its part and worked with Indian Industries TATA, BEL, L&T, BDL and many private vendors.
The current tests validated all components of the weapon system to the satisfaction of the customer in the Indian Test Range. Israeli specialists and Indian scientists participated in the test, along with Indian Armed Forces officers and witnessed the same.
Three flight tests were conducted, each one simulating a different extreme reference scenario validating various system capabilities. In each scenario, the MRSAM missiles were fired from a land-based Mobile launcher and successfully hit a target simulating enemy threats. The scenarios began with launching each target and after being detected by the Systems Radar, launched the MRSAM missile into its operational trajectory that acquired the target, and successfully intercepted it. All the weapon system’s elements met the test goals successfully.
Joseph Weiss, IAI’s President and CEO, said "MRSAM Air & Missile Defense System is a cutting edge, innovative system, that once again has proven its advanced capabilities against a variety of threats. The joint development and the extensive cooperation between the industries in both countries is a testimonial to the strong partnership between the two nations. IAI is proud to lead this impressive cooperation and is highly obligated to its continuing success".
Dr. S. Christopher, Head of DRDO said: "This is an important milestone in the cooperation between India and Israel and the development of the MRSAM advanced air defense system."
Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy – SA to RM said, "DRDO along with Indian Industries and IAI, developed a state of the art SAM System, which will provide Air Defense in the Medium Ranges."
Boaz Levi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group said, "We’re very satisfied with the test results. Its success is an important example of the fruitful collaboration between DRDO, defense industries in Israel and India and our customers in Israel and abroad."