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SOURCE: IDRW DAILY

According to a report in The Economic Times, Owing to the system’s poor performance in recent trials and the glaring flaws that have surfaced, the army’s plans to adopt Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missiles (QRSAM) for the protection of its mobile formations are likely to be delayed further.

Between July and September, the system’s latest recent validation tests, that were intended to detect and engage hovering helicopters at lower heights and at a minimum distance, were a total failure. This underperformance of the system’s surveillance radars has worried the establishment since attack helicopters pose the primary threat to mobile armoured formations.

Furthermore, the trial teams observed low serviceability of various system components, with almost daily malfunctions reported in the radar, launcher, and command vehicles. The weapon will need to undergo additional round of experimental firing and simulation as as soon as possible in order to satisfy service requirements and address a critical operational performance gaps in the army.