KRAS releases First batch of MRSAM Missiles

Highlights:

  • The Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), which is a joint venture between the Kalyani Group of India and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel, have released the first batch of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) kits. 
  • The missile was released for Indian Army and Indian Air Force.
  • The release of the MRSAM Missile also marked the KRAS’ commitment to deliver more than 1000 MRSAM missile kits to India in near future. 
  • These missile sections will then be sent for further and future integration to the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). 
  • The Kalyani Group has infused the “State-of-the-art technology with the engineering excellence in the company.
KRAS: A Fact File
  • It is the private sector MSME of India comprising of advanced manufacturing capabilities and facilities which is specially dedicated to address the assembly, integration and testing (AIT) of the state-of the-art weapon systems which are being inducted in the India’s defence forces. 
  • KRAS also address the Maintenance and Repair Operations (MRO) of the major in-service Air Defence Missile System in the Indian Air Force.
Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM):
  • The MRSAM was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in association with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). 
  • The missile was handed over to India in August 2019. 
  • The missile provides the air defence capability to the Indian Armed forces against a several aerial threats at medium ranges. 
  • The MRSAM weapon system comprises one command & control system, one tracking radar, Mobile launcher systems and missiles. 
  • Mobile launcher system is used to transport and launch up to eight canisterised missiles. 
  • It is 4.5m-long and weighs 276kg. 
  • The weapon is also equipped with the canards and fins to control & manoeuvrability. 
  • It is also equipped with the advanced active radar radio frequency (RF) seeker and an advanced rotating phased array radar.