Indian Navy’s INS Kochi test fires medium-range surface-to-air missile

The Indian Navy has successfully conducted the test firing of the medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) from the Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyer INS Kochi.

Additionally, the Western Naval Command vessel has been successful in accurately tracking and intercepting a ‘low-flying high-speed target’ at enhanced range, reported the news agency Press Trust of India (PTI).

The test firing has been carried out via the ship-borne Combat Management Suite (CMS).

The Indian Navy was quoted by PTI as saying: “This firing not only marks a significant milestone in proving the integration of the missile and the associated Fire Control System (FCS) with the ship-borne CMS, but also demonstrates the vital area defence capability of the ship.”

“This firing marks a significant milestone in proving the integration of the missile and the associated Fire Control System (FCS) with the ship-borne CMS.”

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) collaborated with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to develop the advanced MRSAM air defence system, which features a command and control system, a tracking radar, missiles, and mobile launcher systems.

The MRSAM is a variant of Barak-8 long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) equipped with a DRDO-built dual-pulse solid propulsion system, reported One India.

The 4.5m-long missile system has been specifically developed to defend naval vessels against air threats such as missiles and aircraft attacks.

INS Kochi is the second of the three Kolkata-class destroyers designated for use by the Indian Navy, and MRSAM has been installed on all the three vessels.

 

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