In a ceremony held at BDL’s (Bharat Dynamics Limited) facility in Hyderabad on 31st August, 2017, S. Chirstopher, Chairman, DRDO, delivered the first indigenously manufactured LRSAM (Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile) system to Indian Navy in the august presence of Arun Jaitley, India’s former Defence Minister. The missile was accepted to the service by Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Vice Chief of Naval Staff.
LRSAM, a long range air defence system, has been co-developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel’s Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). India’s state-run Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems are involved in the indigenous production activities of the system.
Arun Jaitley speaking after the delivery of the missile system said “This is an historical day for India, in which our Navy becomes the proud owners of one of the most sophisticated systems in the world. This system will help the Indian Navy to protect our country. The delivery of the first missile coming out from indigenous production line is an example of the Indian economy and industry capabilities. We must continue developing the local infrastructure and manufacturing as part of our defense capabilities.”
LRSAM, which is powered by a two stage smokeless pulsed rocket motor, has kill radius of well over 100+ kilometres. The missile is effective against fighter aircraft, helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV) and even cruise missiles.
Boaz Levi, IAI’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group who attended the ceremony, said – “the delivery of the first missile manufactured in India to India’s defense arms is a technological dream come true. It is another exciting step in the many-years collaboration between IAI, India’s government, India’s DRDO and other partners and one that reflects a technological and engineering effort of the highest level.”
With critical components for the missile system being sourced from a vast array of Indian companies, the missile stands as a testimony to Israel’s support to India’s Make in India initiative.