India Successfully Test Fires QR-SAM From Odisha’s Chandipur Coast


Bhubaneswar: India on Sunday successfully test fired Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM) from the launch pad-3 of Chandipur in Odisha. This comes two day after indigenous nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile was test-fired from the same place. As per IANS report, the surface-to-surface medium range ballistic Prithvi-II missile was test fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of ITR on Friday morning. It was part of the regular training exercise by the Indian armed forces.

The Prithvi-II test was carried out by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC), which was throughly monitored by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists, the agency quoted sources as saying.

Prithvi-II missile has the capability to carry 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. Armed forces had inducted the missile in 2003. This missile is first to be developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

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According to PTI, the missile was chosen from the production stock.

“The missile trajectory was tracked by the DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha,” the agency quoted sources as saying said.

Teams, which were deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown. Two Prithvi-II missiles, in salvo mode, were successfully test fired from the same base, on November 21, 2016. The nine-metre-tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II, which was inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003, is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, the PTI report said further.