That’s India’s new QRSAM up there. We now know for sure what it looks like. Apart from a grainy official image of the actual missile’s shape and size, we didn’t fully know how it compares to the Akash and Astra. What you’re seeing up there in that video clip is a series of art that we can confirm depicts the QRSAM missile authentically, as confirmed and vetted by our sources at the DRDO and India’s Integrated Test Range. The QRSAM, which underwent a preliminary sub-system level test on June 4, will be tested again soon. It is our understanding that the DRDO will release more official information by way of an announcement at that time. As we mentioned in a Facebook post following the launch, very little direct information exists on the QRSAM, apart from the broad contours of its capabilities:
The test of the DRDO-BEL Quick Reaction Surface To Air Missile (QRSAM) prototype at the Integrated Test Range on June 4…
On June 4, India’s DRDO tested the yet unnamed Quick Reaction Surface To Air Missile (QRSAM) system. The test came less than a year after the DRDO and India’s state-owned missile maker Bharat Dynamics Ltd entered into a partnership to quickly develop and test a QRSAM based on experience from the Akash and Astra projects. Funds actually began to flow two years before that in July 2014.
The DRDO-BEL QRSAM tested today is understood to be based on the Astra system. Official specifications: pic.twitter.com/hE7bEkBRY2
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