The Indian air-defence missile programme took a massive leap when the country successfully test fired the Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) on August 4, 2019. The state-of-the-art weapon system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) took off from a mobile truck-based transporter erector launcher (TEL vehicle) positioned at Launch Complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.
Precision engineering at its best
The solid-fuel propelled QRSAM has a range of up to 30 km and can be launched from a mobile launcher. The canister-package made from maraging steel significantly enhances the weapon system’s shelf life. The surface-to-air missile is an all-weather and all-terrain capable weapon system equipped with electronic counter measures (ECMs) against jamming by enemy radars.
A replacement of ‘9K33 Osa’ and ‘2K12 Kub’ systems
The QRSAM project was approved with a budget of `476.43 crores in July, 2014 after the newly elected NDA-2 government came to power. The designing work was completed by DRDO whereas the manufacturing part was executed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). The new generation missiles will eventually replace all 180 units of ‘2K12 Kub’ and 80 units of ‘9K33 Osa’ anti-aircraft missile systems of Soviet vintage which are currently in use with the Indian