DRDO for the first time has showcased Canister Launcher for the Indigenously developed QR-SAM (Quick Reaction, Surface to Air Missile) at Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan and Expo held at Fergusson College grounds in Pune, Maharastra.

QR-SAM Canister Launcher consists of 6 launchers capable of firing any 6 QR-SAM missiles which are transported on Ashok Leyland Super Stallion 8×8 High Mobility Vehicle (HMV) Truck. QR-SAM (Quick Reaction, Surface to Air Missile) has been co-developed by BDL, BEL and DRDO with active Private sector participation.

QR-SAM weapon system is a quick reaction, all weather, Canister-based network-centric capable of search on the move, track on move and fire on short halts while engaging multiple targets at ranges of about 30 km with two vehicle configuration for Area Air Defence in Army/Air force Variant.

QR-SAM is similar to Astra BVRAAM in design characters but has bigger dimensions. unconfirmed reports also hint that a Naval variant of QR-SAM might also be developed to replace Israeli supplied Barak-1 in frontline warships in Indian Navy. in its earlier report (DRDO developed QR-SAM to be tested later this year) had said that QR-SAM likely to be tested after the second half of this year and DRDO has confirmed that System design has been completed and most of the sub-systems including X-Band Quad Transmit Receive Modules (QTRMs), Two Way Data Link (TWDL) onboard segment etc. are under realisation.


Single and multiple engagement capabilities
Unprecedented fire capability
Strategic and high mobility
Low manpower requirements
High survivability against electronic countermeasures
Look down / shoot down capability
High-value asset defence, area and army defence, vital point and air base defence.

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