On Thursday, a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) system was handed over to the Indian Air Force by Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh in Jaisalmer. The MRSAM system can destroy multiple aerial threats like fighter jets, missiles, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles simultaneously at a distance of 70 km, even in bad weather conditions.

Singh called MRSAM a “game-changer in air defense” and stated that the handing over of the MRSAM to the IAF is a step closer to ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat.’ The first firing unit of the system was handed over to the RKS Bhadauria, the IAF chief Air Chief Marshal, by Satheesh Reddy, the chief of DRDO.

The MRSAM or the Barak 8 air defense system is jointly developed by India (the Defence Research and Development Organisation) and Israel (the Israel Aerospace Industries) along with several firms like Rafael, Bharat Electronics Limited, Bharat Dynamics Limited, and Larsen & Toubro. It contains advanced radar, command and control systems, and mobile launchers. The MRSAM can also control the system for high maneuverability in the terminal phase.

MRSAM orders have also been placed by the army, but it has not yet been inducted. Manmohan Bahadur stated that the MRSAM was long-awaited, and it will increase the defense capabilities of the IAF significantly.

Singh said that the MRSAM is available globally, and it reflects the close partnership of India and Israel in the defense sector. Singh added that the system can make the defense industrial bases of both countries stronger, thus creating “a win-win situation” for both countries.

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