In an yet another Missile test, DRDO today carried out Successful test of MRSAM (Medium Range Surface to Air Missile) for Indian Army from Integrated Test Range off the coast Odhisa.
In the trials, the missile secured a direct hit on the target and it successfully meet all the mission objective.
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MRSAM (Barak 8) was jointly developed by. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel, Bharat Dynamics Limited of India manufactured the Missile.
Barak 8 was primarily developed for Indian Navy and already deployed with Navy warships. Today, DRDO conducts first test of MRSAM for Indian Army variant.
MRSAM has an maximum operational range of about 100 KM and a flight celling of 16 KM. It can guided through a two way data link, means the launch platform can provide mid-course target updates or retargeting if required.
It is fitted with Active RF/IIR (Radio Frequency/imaging Infrared) seeker for terminal phase. Barak 8 uses a dual pulse smokeless rocket motor which helps the missiles to engage the target at its maximum range.
This missile can provide 360° coverage and capable to neutralise any airborne threat such as aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, UAVs as well as ballistic missiles, cruise missiles.
Barak 8 has a length of about 4.5 meters, a diameter of 0.225 meters at missile body, and 0.54 meters at the booster stage, wingspan of 0.94 meters and weighs 275 kg including a 60 kg proximity warhead.