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India test fires surface-to-air missile developed with Israel

India test fired a new surface-to-air missile, developed jointly with Israel, from a defence base off Odisha coast on Thursday, Times of India reported.

A DRDO official claimed that the medium range missile (MR-SAM), a joint venture of India and Israel, was launched using a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur.

“The test launch was a grand success and it met all the targets,” the officer said.

The missile was initially scheduled to be tested on Wednesday, however, was postponed due to unknown reasons.

The surface-to-air missile was launched after receiving signal from radars to intercept a moving aerial target with the help of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) ‘Banshee’ over the Bay of Bengal.

According to reports, the system comprises of features, including a Multi Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) in order to detect, track and guide the missile.

“The missile along with MF-STAR will provide the users with the capability to neutralise any aerial threats,” a Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist stated.

The scientist further revealed that the missile was developed by Indian Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Monitoring Desk