Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Friday congratulated India's Defence R&D Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force on the induction of the country's MRSAM Air & Missile Defense System. The MRSAM, which was jointly developed by IAI and the Indian Defence Ministry's DRDO, is an advanced system that provides protection against a variety of aerial platforms. It is used by the Indian Air Force, Army and Navy as well as the Israel Defense Forces. The system includes an Advanced Phased Array Radar, command and control shelter, mobile launchers, and interceptors with an advanced RF seeker, IAI said.
In a ceremony held at Air Force Station Jaisalmer in India, the MRSAM system was inducted by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Secretary of Department of Defence (Research and Development) and DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy, Air Force Chief of Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Defense Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat, Air Officer Commander-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), South Western Air Command Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, and IAI President and CEO Boaz Levy, along with other senior civilian and military officials. The induction comes after the two countries successfully carried out extended tests earlier this year at a facility in India which validated that all the components of the weapons system were working perfectly, according to IAI.
Boaz Levy, President and CEO of IAI, said "MRSAM Air & Missile Defense System is a cutting edge, innovative system and significant proof of the unique partnership and collaboration between the countries and IAI's commitment to India. The development and production of the system is fully based on the Make in India policy in partnership and collaboration between Israel and India's industries, and is a model of success of the Make in India policy for the benefit of all parties. During the last year, under strict Covid-19 conditions, teams from IAI and India worked shoulder-to-shoulder to ensure this moment, following the validation of the system’s capabilities. The commitment of IAI to India, and to its defense forces, is unquestionable and we salute this partnership for many years to come."