In a ceremony held in Air Force Station Jaisalmer India, the Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) system was inducted in the Indian Air Force. 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 MRSAM is an advanced air and missile defence 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 Defence 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 DRDO for the Indian forces.
The induction was done 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 R.K.S 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.
President and CEO of IAI, Boaz Levy said, “MRSAM Air & Missile Defence 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. 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 defence forces, is unquestionable and we salute this partnership for many years to come.”