After Indian Navy and Indian Airforce, Indian Army seems to be interested in the MRSAM platform. The Army is on a major drive to update its air defence systems and had recently tested another AD system, indigenously developed QRSAM. This is second platform after the famous BrahMos which has seen interest from all three arms.
“The MoU heralds the commencement of development of MRSAM system in the configuration as required by the Army,” a senior Army official said.
He said the missile will be produced by the DRDO in collaboration with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to raise one regiment of the propelled Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM). The missile will be capable of engaging multiple aerial targets at a range of more than 50 kms.
In April, IAI signed a USD 2 billion contract with India to supply it with missile defence systems. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in an announcement said that it has been awarded its largest defence contract of almost USD 2 billion for supplying advanced medium-range surface-to-air missile systems (MRSAM) to India.
“The MRSAM system will be capable of shooting down enemy ballistic missiles, aircraft, helicopters,drones, surveillance aircraft and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems) aircraft,” the official said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
He said procurement of the MRSAM will mark a paradigm shift in the Army’s strike capability. The armed force intends to have an aggregate of five regiments of this air defence system, which will be sent inverse to China and Pakistan.
The Army has been pressing the government for the MRSAM to enhance its strike capability