INS Kochi test-fires MRSAM
After the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy conducted the test firing of a medium-range surface-to-air missile from INS Kochi destroyer.
The test was conducted on Tuesday from the frontline combat warship INS Kochi. The test was conducted to validate the ship’s capabilities in operating the newly installed SAM. The ship performed all the tracking and guiding activities all alone and only navy personnel were involved. It was more like user trials.
The MRSAM is an advanced air defence missile system designed to defend vessels against hostile air threats such as missiles and aircraft. It has been developed jointly by India and Israel.
The 4.5 meter-long Barak missile weighs around 270 kg and can carry a payload of 60 kg. Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MFSTAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.