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IN­DIAN AND Is­raeli sci­en­tists are con­duct­ing se­ries of tests of their joint ven­ture Medium Range Sur­face-to-Air Mis­sile (MRSAM) from a de­fence base in east­ern In­dia.

Thou­sands of per­sons have been shifted to other ar­eas as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure and fish­er­men have been asked said not to en­ter the coast of the Bay of Ben­gal dur­ing tests. Govern­ment sources that five tests of the Medium Range Sur­face to Air Mis­sile would be con­ducted from the In­te­grated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea. In­dian Min­is­ter of De­fense Manohar Par­rikar said, “MR- SAM can de­tect in­com­ing en­emy air­craft at a dis­tance of 100 km and de­stroy them at ranges up to 70 km.”

Sources say that the In­dian Air Force will be equipped with 450 mis­siles while In­dian Army could also or­der land ver­sion of MR-SAM in­clud­ing 14 fir­ing units. The In­dian Army will re­place Rus­sian- made Kvadrat and OSA- AKM sys­tems bought in the 70’s and 80’s.

In­dia and Is­rael signed deal to jointly de­vel­oped MRSAM in 2009. The first test­ing of the mis­sile was con­ducted on June 30 this year. De­fence Re­search De­vel­op­ment Lab­o­ra­tory ( DRDL), a lab­o­ra­tory of the De­fence Re­search De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion ( DRDO), has jointly de­vel­oped this mis­sile in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Is­rael Aerospace In­dus­tries at a cost of $1.514 bil­lion.

Many In­dian in­dus­tries like BEL, L&T, BDL, the Tata group and other pri­vate in­dus­tries have con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of a num­ber of sub­sys­tems which have been put into use in this flight test. The project is run­ning be­hind sched­ule by 3 years and is ex­pected to be in­ducted in 2017.

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