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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is poised to embark on a significant milestone in its quest to bolster India’s air defence capabilities. In the coming months, as the monsoon season subsides on the eastern coast, DRDO plans to conduct the first phase of its indigenous S-400 equivalent program known as the Extended Range Air Defence System (ERADS) Program.

This endeavor begins with the testing of the Extended Range Surface to Air Missile (ERSAM) Interceptor Air Defence system, boasting an impressive range of 150 kilometers.

ERSAM represents the inaugural phase of the Interceptor missile development under the ERADS Program, which will eventually encompass two more long-range missile systems, akin to the formidable S-400 Air Defence system known for its family of four Interceptor missiles.

Key Features of ERSAM:

  1. Extended Range: ERSAM’s substantial 150-kilometer range positions it as a formidable asset for safeguarding Indian airspace and interests.
  2. Active RF/IIR Seeker: Equipped with an Active Radio Frequency and Imaging Infrared Seeker, ERSAM boasts advanced target tracking and interception capabilities.
  3. Anti-Cruise Missile Capabilities: ERSAM is designed to neutralize a wide spectrum of threats, including subsonic and supersonic cruise missiles, particularly sea-skimming anti-ship missiles.
  4. Comprehensive Protection: This interceptor system aims to provide complete protection not only against cruise missiles but also against drones, fighter jets and UAS.

Complementing Existing Systems:

ERADS will complement existing air defence systems in the Indian armed forces, including the Indo-Israeli Medium Range Surface Air Missile (MRSAM) and Long Range Surface Air Missile (LRSAM) systems, as well as the formidable Russian S-400 missile system.

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