The final production batch of Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM), designed and developed by DRDO in collaboration with various industry partners and integrated by BDL, was flagged off DRDL, A P J Abdul Kalam Missile Complex here on Sunday.
The event was held in G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development and DRDO Chairman and Rear Admiral V Rajasekhar, Director, Defence Machine Design Establishment, a Defence release said.
DRDO and M/s Israel Aerospace Industries have jointly developed LRSAM to equip the latest ships of the Indian Navy. The LRSAM Missile system can provide point and area defense against various aerial targets, including fighter aircraft, subsonic and supersonic cruise missiles, it said.
The Missile is powered by an indigenously developed dual-pulse rocket motor and dual control system to impart required maneuverability at the terminal phase. The LRSAM system's end-to-end performance has been successfully demonstrated through multiple user flight trials from Indian Naval ships. It has been successfully produced and delivered to the Indian Navy.
Reddy highlighted the importance of indigenous production efforts and complemented the industries that established the manufacturing facilities and successfully executed production orders in achieving the goal towards ''Make in India''.
He also commended the Missile System Quality Assurance Agency's efforts, DG (NAI), in streamlining production activities at various industries across India, leading to missiles with aerospace quality standards. Rajasekhar appreciated DRDO for completing the production order and strengthening the air defense capability of the Indian Navy, the release added.