1. Successful anti-aircraft missile QR SAM launch gives teeth to air defence unit, Arun Jaitley congratulates DRDO

Successful anti-aircraft missile QR SAM launch gives teeth to air defence unit, Arun Jaitley congratulates DRDO

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has congratulated the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the successful launch of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM).

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 5:37 PM
Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley, DRDO, Defence research and developmenjt organisation, missile, missile defence, air defence, Indian Army, Indian Army, Indian Air force The Defence Minister has said that the successful launch of the missile has added to the defence capabilities of India. (Source: PTI) (Representative Image)

QR-SAM launch by India: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has congratulated the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the successful launch of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QR-SAM). The Defence Minister has said that the successful launch of the missile has added to the defence capabilities of India. The induction of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile into the armed forces will greatly boost the capabilities of the unit. The air defence arm of the army suffers obsolescence rate of 97 percent as per a letter which was written to the then Army Chief  General VK Singh to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2012, according to Indian Express.

Five years after the report was written, the situation has not changed dramatically. Although the Air Force is responsible for safeguarding the airspace of the country, the army’s air defence corps is responsible for providing air defence for important installations and for providing air defence to the army’s offensive formations during times of war.

Currently, the air defence arm of the army provides terminal air defence with the L-70 40 mm guns of Swedish origin and the ZU-23 twin barreled anti-aircraft guns, which are of Soviet origin. The L-70 gun is of 1960s vintage and the ZU-23 is of 1970’s vintage. Both these weapon systems had reached obsolescence by the turn of the century, as per an Indian Express report.

The DRDO had also successfully test fired the QR-SAM in early June from the launchpad on Kalam Island, in Odisha, as per an ANI report. The QR-SAM is an all-weather weapon system capable of tracking and firing and has a strike range of  20 to 30 kms, as per PTI.

  1. R
    Raj
    Jul 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm
    I am very proud to be an INDIAN.
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      RSNPRASAD
      Jul 3, 2017 at 10:11 pm
      Congratulations DRDO for the success of QR SAM From Rsnprasad
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