June 30, 2016; 08:15 hrs.
A proud historic moment for India.
Ballistic missile MR SAM was test-fired from Integrated Test Range (ITR) Launch Pad-3, Chandipur in Balasore district.
The medium range surface-to-air missile, MR SAM, developed jointly by India and Israel, was planned to be test-fired a day earlier though preparation for conducting the maiden test of the newly developed missile had reached the final stage.
MR SAM —
Range – 70 km.
Length – 4.5 metre
Weight – 275 kg and
Payload – 60 kg
The missile will provide the capability to neutralise any aerial threats. Apart from the missile, the system includes a multi- functional surveillance and threat alert radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile. The test-firing of the missile was jointly carried out by Indian defence personnel, DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries as per DRDO sources.
Defence officials say that such type of medium range surface-to-air missiles (SR-SAM), having striking ranges from 50 to 70 km, can fill the gap of existing missiles that India has in its armory at present. These missiles would be inducted in all three services after user’s trial is completed.
A dedicated range known as Interim Test Range (ITR) was established in 1989 at Chandipur-On-Sea, 15 km from Balasore, Orissa for launching missiles, rockets and flight test vehicles. A number of test vehicles of different class including Trishul, Akash, the Nag missile, the Prithvi and the Agni-I have been test fired from this range. The range is spread over a length of 17 km along the sea coast where a number of tracking instruments have been deployed to cover the total flight path of the test vehicles.
As a precautionary measure, the Balasore district authority organizes the temporary evacuation of the people residing in four villages close to the range for facilitating launch of missiles. The administration in consultation with defence officials made adequate arrangements to temporarily shift 3652 civilians. Seven hamlets have been identified within 2.5 km radius of the launch pad and people living there have been alerted; fisherman engaged in sea fishing along the Bay of Bengal in three coastal districts Balasore, Bhadrakh and Kendrapada had been promptly warned