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The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has marked a significant milestone in its 2023 Year-End Review, confirming the successful deployment of the Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) system. This air defense system, crucial for safeguarding India’s airspace, has been commissioned in five firing units and one training center of the Indian Air Force (IAF) throughout the year.

One of the most notable deployments of the MRSAM is near India’s northwestern borders with Pakistan. On October 9th, 2023, the IAF stationed the system at Air Force Station (AFS) Adampur in Jalandhar district, Punjab. This strategic placement strengthens India’s air defense capabilities in a sensitive region known for potential aerial threats.

The MRSAM boasts of being a domestically manufactured variant of the Israeli-developed Barak-8 SAM system. This signifies India’s growing self-reliance in the crucial domain of defense technology. The system’s effectiveness has been further validated by its previous deployment at AFS Jaisalmer in September 2021.

The Indian Army has also recognized the MRSAM’s potential, raising its first MRSAM regiment in February 2023. This unit is strategically positioned along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, facing China. The system’s ability to neutralize aerial threats like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fighter aircraft, and cruise missiles makes it a valuable asset in safeguarding India’s eastern borders.

The deployment of the MRSAM system across various locations and branches of the Indian Armed Forces underscores its versatility and adaptability. It offers a robust layered air defense shield, deterring potential adversaries and ensuring the safety of Indian airspace.

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