February trial for naval air defence missile

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) India will conduct trials before February next year of a 70-km long-range surface-to-air missile or LR-SAM for the Indian Navy.

The missile will have the capability to intercept incoming enemy cruise missiles and combat jets targeting its warships at sea. India has a joint venture for this missile with Israel.

'This missile will be test-fired in January or February next year in Israel,' senior officials of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told reporters here.

The missile will be ready for induction into the navy soon after the next series of tests.

After the first series of tests in Israel, the missile trials will also be held in India.

The Indian Army too is looking at a variant of this missile to meet its requirement for a medium-range surface-to-air air defence missile with a 70-km range.