India Test-Fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile Amid Tensions With Pakistan
15:34 04.08.2019(updated 15:37 04.08.2019)
The Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in collaboration with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for the Indian Army.
India has test-fired an all-weather and all-terrain Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile from a test range in Odisha, an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, The Times of India reported.
The air defence system, QRSAM, was fired at 11:05 a.m. local time (6:35 a.m. GMT) from a mobile launch unit at complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on Chandipur Beach, according to reports citing Defence Research and Development Organisation sources.
The Indian Defence Ministry has shared photos and videos of the test.
QRSAM utilises a solid-fuel propellant and has a range of 25-30 kilometres, the reports say. The first test of the QRSAM was conducted on 4 June 2017.
Tensions between India and Pakistan over the Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir they both claim have recently intensified after a series of cross-border clashes between Indian troops and militants India claims are backed by Pakistan.
Earlier in the day, the Indian Rapid Action Force (RAF) was deployed to Poonch, a district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir over reports about possible terrorist attacks in the region.
India has recently increased its military presence in the region, sending a total of 28,000 troops from the country's Central Armed Police Force to Jammu and Kashmir in addition to the 10,000 soldiers that were deployed to the India-administered state last week.
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