Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) recently conducted back-to-back trials of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, on the Odisha Coast, as part of evaluation trials. QRSAM is a short-range Surface Air Missile (SAM) system, which is designed and developed by the DRDO based on the requirements set by the Indian Army.

QRSAM System is the first fully integrated on-the-go Air Defence system that is designed to handle different threat scenarios including long-range medium-altitude, short-range, high-altitude-maneuvering target, low-radar signature with receding and crossing target, and salvo launch while it is moving with the strike corps that is responsible for carrying out offensive operations in case of a full-fledged war. IAF doesn’t have a requirement for such a specific air defence system that is highly mobile.

Indian Air force is not looking to acquire QRSAM System since it is already has inducted 8 squadrons of Akash Mk1 and is now looking forward to inducting Akash NG. IAF already has placed orders for 18 squadrons of the Indo-Israeli MRSAM system and already has started inducting 5 Squadrons of the Russian S-400 system.

IAF has plans to procure ERSAM and XRSAM Interceptor missiles when they are ready for induction.

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