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Naval MRSAM Systems: Israel inks $50 Million deal with India

Date: 18 July 2019 Tags: Defence & Security

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has inked follow-up deal worth US $50 million to supply complementary Naval MRSAM (medium range surface-to-air missile) systems to Indian Navy and the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders. As per deal, IAI will provide complimentary systems for MRSAM air defence system (ADS). It also involves follow up order for range of maintenance and other services for various sub-systems of IAI's advanced MRSAM ADS.

MRSAM (medium-range surface-to-air missile) systems

It weapon system comprises of one command and control system, one tracking radar, missiles, and mobile launcher systems. It identifies and tracks threat using tracking radar.

How it Works? The system calculates distance between target and launcher and then determines if  identified target is friend or a foe. The target information is, then, transmitted to the mobile launcher.  The mobile launcher is used to transport, emplace and launch up to eight canisterised missiles in two stacks. It can fire the missiles in single or ripple firing modes from vertical firing position.

Significance: It provides broad as well as topical defence against range of assault air, marine and ground threats.

Note: MRSAM is being developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in collaboration with Israel’s state owned defence company IAI.