The advanced system, jointly developed by DRDO India and IAI Israel, provides the ultimate protection against a variety of aerial platforms. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is proud to congratulate the DRDO & the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the successful induction of its MRSAM Air & Missile Defense System. MRSAM is an advanced path-breaking air and missile defense system that provides ultimate protection against a variety of aerial platforms. It is used by the Indian Air Force, India Army, Indian Navy and Israeli Defense Forces. The system includes an Advanced Phased Array Radar, command and control shelter, mobile launchers and interceptors with an advanced RF seeker. MRSAM is jointly developed by IAI and DRDOin collaboration with Indian and Israeli For the Indian forces.
Boaz Levy, President and CEO of IAI: “MRSAM Air & Missile Defense System is a cutting edge, innovative system and significant proof of the unique partnership and collaboration between the countries and IAI’s commitment to India. The development and production of the system is fully based on the Make in India policy in partnership and collaboration between Israel and India’s industries, and is a is a model of success of the Make in India policy for the benefit of all parties. During the last year, under strict Covid-19 conditions, teams from IAI and India worked shoulder-to-shoulder to ensure this moment, following the validation of the system’s capabilities. The commitment of IAI to India, and to its defense forces, is unquestionable and we salute this partnership for many years to come.”
In a ceremony held in Air Force Station Jaisalmer India, the MRSAM system was inducted by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Secretary of Department of Defence (Research and Development) and DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy, Air Force Chief of Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Defense Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat, Air Officer Commander-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), South Western Air Command Air Marshal Sandeep Singh and IAI President and CEO, Boaz Levy along with other senior civil and military officials. The induction comes after earlier this year, the two countries successfully carried out extended tests at a facility in India which validated that all the components of the weapons system were working perfectly.
The Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) was developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). MRSAM is a land-based configuration of the long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) or Barak-8 naval air defence system, which is designed to operate from naval vessels. The missile is designed to provide the armed forces with air defence capability against a variety of aerial threats at medium ranges. In January 2019, IAI entered a $93m agreement with the Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard for providing Naval MRSAM. It will mainly offer maintenance and other services for various MSRAM sub-systems. It was handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in August 2019.