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India tests surface-to-air missile jointly developed with Israel

This is the first time that the system was tested in India. In the next few days, a series of tests will take place before the system joins the Indian Air Force arsenal

India Thursday successfully tested a new surface-to-air missile system it has developed in collaboration with Israel, from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha at around 08.15 hours, a DRDO official said.

The missile positioned at launch pad-3 of the ITR swung in to action after getting signal from the radars to intercept a moving aerial target supported by an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) ‘Banshee’ over the Bay of Bengal, officials said.

This is the first time that the system was tested in India. In the next few days, a series of tests will take place before the system joins the Indian Air Force arsenal.

Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile, they said.

“The missile along with MF-STAR will provide the users with the capability to neutralise any aerial threats,” a Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist was quoted as saying by Times of India.

Indian Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL), a laboratory of DRDO based at Hyderabad, has jointly developed this missile in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

A new production facility to deliver 100 missiles a year has been established for such type of long range and medium range surface-to-air missiles at M/s Bharat Dynamics Limited, India.

The missile, which was initially proposed to be tested Wednesday, was deferred in the last moment for Thursday.

Earlier, Indian Navy had successfully test launched the long range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM). The test was undertaken on the Western Seaboard by INS Kolkata on 30 December,  2015.

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