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DRDO HANDS OVER THE FIRST DELIVERABLE FIRING UNIT (FU) MRSAM SYSTEM TO IAF

DRDO HANDS OVER THE FIRST DELIVERABLE FIRING UNIT (FU) MRSAM SYSTEM TO IAF

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On September 9, 2021, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over the first deliverable Firing Unit (FU) MRSAM System to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

About the First Deliverable Firing Unit (FU) MRSAM System:

  • It has been launched to boost the defence capabilities of India, MRSAM was handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
  • It is an indigenously developed rocket motor & control system for achieving high manoeuvrability.
  • It is a state-of-the-art missile system.
  • Handing over the system to IAF is a giant leap towards becoming “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.

Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM):

  • It is an advanced network-centric combat Air Defence System.
  • It was jointly developed by DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in collaboration with Indian industry consisting of private and public sectors as well as MSMEs.
  • It provides point and area air defence for ground assets against a wide range of threats including fighter aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, guided and unguided munitions, sub-sonic & supersonic cruise missiles etc.
  • It is capable of engaging multiple targets at ranges up to 70 km.
  • It is powered by an indigenously developed rocket motor and control system for achieving high manoeuvrability during the terminal phase.

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