India successfully testfired a new medium-range, surface-to-air missile Thursday from a military base off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, sources said.
The missile MR-SAM, developed jointly with Israel, was testfired from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur this morning and it met all the targets, the sources said.
The missile was tested over the Bay of Bengal and fishermen in the area were asked not to venture into the sea to avoid any kind of untoward incident, they said.
The missile has been developed by state-owned Defense Research Development Laboratory and Israel Aerospace Industries. Some 100 missiles will be produced in India every year, the sources said.
MR-SAM has a strike range of up to 70 km and can intercept enemy missiles, they said, adding the missile will be inducted in the Indian Army, the Navy and the Air Force.