Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile System successfully test-fired 

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  • November 17, 2020
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Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile System successfully test-fired 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Defence & Security

In news

  • Recently, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile system (QRSAM).

Key takeaways 

  • QRSAM is a canister-based system. 
  • It means that it is stored and operated from specially designed compartments.
  • In the canister, the inside environment is controlled, thus along with making its transport and storage easier, the shelf life of weapons also improves significantly.
  • The system is capable of detecting and tracking targets on the move and engaging targets with short halts.
  • It is a short range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. 
  • It is primarily designed and developed by DRDO to provide a protective shield to moving armoured columns of the Army from enemy aerial attacks.
  • The entire weapon system has been configured on a mobile and is capable of providing air defence on the move.
  • It has been designed for induction into the Army. 

Do you know?

  • It has a range of 25 to 30 km. 
  • It also consists of two radars – Active Array Battery Surveillance Radar and Active Array Battery Multifunction Radar – with one launcher.
  • Both radars have 360-degree coverage with “search on move” and “track on move” capabilities.
  • The system uses a single stage solid propelled missile. 

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