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Indo France Maitri (QRSAM) Missile

INTRODUCTION

The Maitri missile project is a next-generation quick-reaction Surface-to-Air


Missile (QRSAM) with a lethal near-hundred per cent kill probability (according to
manufacturer's claim) under development by India's Defence Research and
Development Organisation.
It is a short-range (15 km, 9.3 mi) surface-to-air point defense missile system.
The Maitri missile should not be confused with the similar Indian Army Low-Level
Quick Reaction Missile system (LLQRM) requirement.
The missile will fill the gap created by the Indian government's decision to wind
up development of the Trishul point defense missile system.
It is believed to be a blend of the French Mica and DRDO Trishul.
Maitri will build on the work done by DRDO while developing the Trishul missile,
using technology transfer from MBDA to fill the technological gaps that led to the
failure of the Trishul project.

DEVELOPMENT
On 15 July 2009, The Telegraph reported that the project was scrapped.
But later, in June 4, 2010 Indian Express reported that, "After moving
ahead with similar projects with Russia and Israel, India is set to finalise a
missile co-development project with France to manufacture a new range
of Short Range Surface to Air Missiles (SRSAM) for the armed forces.

From 2007-2010, MBDA and DRDO finalised the design and performance
parameters of the missile to suit the needs of the Indian armed forces.

The Maitri missile project involved a technological collaboration between

MBDA, Indias Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)


and defence public sector unit Bharat Dynamics Limited.

Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), a premier missile


laboratory of DRDO, will act as the main design centre in India.

The project, with a budget of US$500 million was said to have been signed
in May 2007.

DESIGN
The

principal contribution of MBDA will be in providing be


the active homing-head, thrust vector control, terminal
guidance system and composites for a modified propulsion
system for the missile, while the software, command-andcontrol system, the launchers and system integration work
would be carried out by the DRDL.

MBDA

has agreed to transfer all sensitive technology such


as the seeker and thrust vector control system to India,
allowing India to manufacture the Maitri missile locally as
well as support them.

RADAR
The

Electronics & Radar Development Establishment


(LRDE), Bangalore, would develop two indigenous radars
for the Maitri project.

These

would be new-generation variants of Central


Acquisition Radar (3D-CAR), with the ability to track 150
targets simultaneously at a distance of 200 kilometers.

The

naval variant would be called the Revati and the air


force version would be called Rohini.

VARIANTS

ship-borne point and tactical air


defense version for the Navy
A mobile wheeled and tracked system
for use by the Air Force and Army

FUTURE

Development

of the missile is expected to be


completed within three years of the project goahead, when initial testing will commence.

Over

1000 missiles are expected to be produced for


the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy.

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