Second launch of MRSAM successful
Amedium range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range off Odisha coast on June 30, 2016. The MRSAM is jointly developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI) of Israel for the Indian Air Force. The missile guided by a radar system and on-board avionics successfully hit a pilotless target aircraft.
Many Indian industries like the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Tata group of companies besides other private industries have contributed to the development of a number of subsystems which have been put into use in this flight test. The MRSAM system provides reliable air defence at medium ranges.
Both, Indian and Israel teams participated in the launch campaign. The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated DRDO and the industry partners for successful demonstration of the air defence capability. Secretary, Department of Defence, R&D and DG DRDO Dr S. Christopher declared the launch as a major milestone for the IAF towards air defence.