(This was originally posted in India Today by Ashish Pandey)
The first missile of the first firing unit of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) was flagged off for delivery to the Indian Air Force from Bharat Dynamics Ltd’s (BDL) Kanchanbagh unit in Hyderabad on Tuesday. BDL has already completed its Navy order, and now both the Army and Air Force programs are moving simultaneously.
The MRSAM is a high-response, quick reaction, vertically launched a supersonic missile, designed to neutralize enemy aerial threats. These threats include missiles, aircraft, guided bombs, and helicopters. The missile has a range of up to 70 km and will be used by the Army, Navy, and Air Force in different variants.
The missile system can provide point and area defense against various aerial targets including fighter aircraft, subsonic and supersonic cruise missiles. The missile is powered by an indigenously developed dual-pulse rocket motor and a dual control system to impart the required maneuverability at the terminal phase.
This state-of-the-art weapon system has been designed with an active radio frequency seeker to identify, track, engage and destroy the target with high kill probability. BDL also aims to supply air-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles, underwater weapons, and counter measure systems in addition to Akash missiles to friendly countries.