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Bhanu Prakash Srivastava CMD of BEL has confirmed that the Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation has cleared all user trials and BEL expects orders for the same next financial year.

QRSAM was carrying out validation trials from July and September last year that reported had thrown up some issues with the underperformance of the radar system but it was largely due to unachievable low altitude and minimum range benchmark that was set for detection of the Helicopter.

While orders for the QRSAM will be concluded this year induction might only start next year somewhere in the second quarter of FY-2024-25. The QRSAM is required to protect mechanised formations of the Army against enemy aircraft and attack helicopters as they advance into contested zones.

QRSAM will be replacing the Russian OSA-AK weapon and was developed at the cost of Rs 476.43 after facing delays of four years.

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