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Indo-Israeli medium range missile test fired

Missile is designed to defend any type of airborne threat including aircraft and helicopters

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Publish Date: Jun 30 2016 3:57PM | Updated Date: Jun 30 2016 3:57PM

Indo-Israeli medium range missile test fired

Demo photo

 

India successfully test fired an Indo-Israeli Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile off the coast of Odisha on Thursday, officials said.

 
Ballistic missile was fired from launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district at 8.16 a.m. 
 
Congratulating Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar tweeted, "I congratulate DRDO India and industry teams for the successful flight test of MRSAM (Medium Range Surface to Air Missile) weapon system."
 
Missile had been jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, DRDO and Israel's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, said defence ministry officials.
 
According to a report, it is a version of Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) Barak-8 and is yet to get a name.
 
It is a nuclear capable ballistic missile, weighing around 2.7 tonne, 4.5 meters long and can carry a payload of 60 kg, official sources said.
 
The missile is designed to defend any type of airborne threat including aircraft and helicopters.
 
The system also includes a multi-functional surveillance and threat alert radar for tracking, detection and guidance of the missile.
 
As a precaution, ITR authorities evacuated villagers in a one to 2.5 km radius around the launch complex.