Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has delivered the first indigenously manufactured long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) to the Indian Ministry of Defence for use by the Indian Navy.
IAI Systems Missiles & Space Group executive vice-president and general manager Boaz Levi said: “The delivery of the first missile manufactured in India to India's defence arms is a technological dream come true.”
The missile is part of the LRSAM air and missile defence system that is being jointly developed by IAI and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in India, in collaboration with IAI subsidiary ELTA, Israel-based Rafael and various Indian companies.
The Indian Navy is set to install the LRSAM on-board its recently constructed operational missile vessels.
Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said: “This system will help the Indian Navy protect our country.
“India needs to be prepared for any scenario. Therefore, we should equip our operational forces with the best of advanced technology.
“The delivery of the first missile coming out from an 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 defence capabilities.”
The LRSAM production lines have been established via a collaboration between IAI, Rafael and Indian company Bharat Dynamic (BDL).
The missile system features latest technologies, upgraded phased-array radar (MFSTAR) and a command and control system, as well as launchers and missiles with advanced radio frequency (RF) seekers.
It is currently operational with the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Israel Defense Forces.
Image: LRSAM delivery ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries.