India, Israel successfully test Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile defence system

India and Israel successfully tested a Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) defence system last week, a press release by the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said on Tuesday. Jointly developed by the two countries, the defence system can shoot down enemy aircraft at a range of 50-70 km.

Currently being used by all three wings of the Indian Army as well as Israel Defence Forces (IDF), the air and missile defence system was a joint venture of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the IAI. The MRSAM includes command and control, an advanced phased-array radar, mobile launchers and interceptors with advanced RF seeker. The flight test demonstrated different extreme reference scenarios, validating various system capabilities. Stating that all of the weapon system’s elements met the test goals successfully, the press release went on to add, “the scenario began by targeting the threat detected by the Systems digital MMR Radar and launched the MRSAM interceptor toward its operational trajectory. The interceptor acquired the target, and successfully intercepted it.”

Developed in partnership with other Indian and Israeli defence companies, the defence system is yet another successful venture carried out jointly by India and Israel to boost combat capabilities.