The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the flag off of the final production batch of Indian Navy’s long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM).

The development was held at Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), A P J Abdul Kalam Missile Complex in Hyderabad, in the Indian state of Telangana.

It was held in the presence of Department of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) secretary and DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy and DMDE VSM director V Rajasekhar on 14 February.

LRSAM is jointly developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to equip latest ships of the Indian Navy.

The long-range missile is manufactured by India’s state-owned aerospace and defence company Bharat Dynamics Limited (BEL).

It offers broad aerial and point defence against a wide range of threats to the marine arena from the air, sea or land.

Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement: “Secretary, DDR&D highlighted the importance of indigenous production efforts and complemented the industries that have established the manufacturing facilities and successfully executed the production orders in achieving the goal towards ‘Make in India’.

“He also commended the efforts of Missile System Quality Assurance Agency (MSQAA), DG (NAI) in streamlining the production activities at various industries across India, leading to delivery of missiles with aerospace quality standards.”

As part of the Barak 8 Family, LRSAM integrates a large number of new and advanced systems such as digital radar, command and control, launchers, interceptors with modern radio frequency (RF) seekers, data link and system-wide connectivity.

According to India’s defence ministry, the LRSAM weapon system’s end to end performance has been ‘successfully demonstrated through a number of user flight trials’ from Indian Naval warships.

In January 2019, the Indian Navy successfully test-fired the LRSAM from warship INS Chennai off the coast of Odisha.