IAI successfully tests the MRSAM air and missile defense system in India

Able to shoot down enemy aircraft at a range of 50-70 km., it is meant to help to protect India from enemy aircraft.

MRSAM missile during the test (photo credit: IAI)
MRSAM missile during the test
(photo credit: IAI)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully tested its Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) air- and missile-defense system in India, it said Tuesday.
The test was conducted in cooperation with India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
The MRSAM system is being jointly developed by DRDO in close collaboration with IAI’s Elta, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and additional companies in both countries. It is used by the Israeli Navy and India’s naval, air and ground forces.
The system can shoot down enemy aircraft at a range of 50-70 km. and is intended to replace India’s aging air-defense systems. It includes advanced phased-array radar, command and control, mobile launchers and interceptors with an advanced RF Seeker.
“The current test, conducted at the Indian test range, validated all components of the weapon system to the customer’s satisfaction,” IAI said in a press release. “Israeli specialists and Indian scientists and officers participated in and witnessed the test.”
In January 2019, the IAI signed agreements worth $93 million to provide India with naval MRSAM systems.
Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.