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India successfully test-fires medium range surface-to air missile off Odisha coast

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Maiden launch of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) Army Version from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the Coast of Odisha. The missile destroyed the high speed unmanned aerial target which was mimicking an aircraft with a direct hit. A PTI Photo

BALASORE, ODISHA (PTI):  India has successfully test-fired a medium range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) from Odisha coast, defence sources said.

The missile was fired from a ground mobile launcher at launch pad number-1 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) near here at 3.55 pm last Wednesday, and it hit the target with accuracy, the sources said.

An unmanned air vehicle (UAV), 'Banshee', was first flown into the air, which was hit by the MRSAM.

The DRDO has jointly developed the missile in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries.

The MRSAM has been manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Ltd.

After its induction into the Indian army, the missile will significantly enhance the combat effectiveness of the defence forces, they said.

The entire mission trajectory from the launch to plunging into the sea was monitored by various radars and electro-optico instruments, the sources said.

Prior to the test, Balasore district administration in consultation with DRDO temporarily evacuated 8,100 people residing within 2.5 km radius of the launch pad to the nearest shelter centres on Wednesday morning, a revenue department official said.

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India  Missile  MRSAM  Odisha  Defence  DRDO  
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