Bhubaneswar, Dec 23: India on Wednesday successfully conducted the first test of the Armay version of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off Odisha coast on Wednesday at about 4 pm.
According to the DRDO sources, the missile, jointly developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries, destroyed a high speed unmanned aerial target which was mimicking an aircraft with a direct hit. Army officials were present at the time of test.
Having a strike range of nearly 100 km, the 4.5-meter long nuclear-capable ballistic missile weighs around 2.7 tonne and can carry a payload of 60 kg.
As a precautionary measure, Balasore district administration had shifted around 8,100 people residing within 2.5 km radius of the LC-III of the ITR. The residents were compensated as per the Ministry of Defence guidelines.
Fishermen of Balasore, Bhadrak and Kendrapara districts had also been warned not to venture into the sea during the test.
Sources said a second test of the missile will be done on Thursday.