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The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) made a significant impact at the Dubai Airshow by unveiling a range of Indian-made weapon systems, including the upcoming Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM) Mobile Air Defence System. This marks the first public appearance of the SR-SAM system, designed to provide inner-circle protection against aerial threats for both the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.

The SR-SAM is a truck-based air defense system based on the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM), initially developed for the Indian Navy to replace the Israeli Barak-I Point Defence Missile system on frontline warships. The system is part of DRDO’s efforts to enhance India’s indigenous air defense capabilities.

The VL-SRSAM system, on which the SR-SAM is based, is designed to engage high-speed airborne targets at a range of 40 to 50 km and at an altitude of around 15 km. DRDO officials have noted that the design is rooted in the Astra missile, a Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile.

The SR-SAM Mobile Air Defence System showcased at the Dubai Airshow is expected to play a crucial role in bolstering India’s air defense capabilities, offering a versatile and effective solution against a variety of aerial threats. DRDO’s SR-SAM will be Supplementing Israeli Spyder short and medium-range mobile air defence systems developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with assistance from Israel Aerospace Industries that’s Already operated by IAF.

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