Maitri (missile)


Maitri (missile)

The Maitri missile project is a next-generation Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) with a lethal hundred per cent kill probability. It is a short-range (15km,9.3mi) surface-to-air point defense missile system. It 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.

On 15 July 2009, The Telegraph told that the project was scrapped.[1] But later,in June 4, 2010 Indian Express told 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 have finalised the design and performance parameters of the missile to suit the needs of the Indian armed forces. Besides providing the Indian armed forces with a modern air defence missiles, the project will also add a new capability with France that presently does not have a similar missile in production.[2]

The Maitri missile project involved a technological collaboration between MBDA, India’s 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.[3]

MBDA principal contribution 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-and-control system, the launchers and system integration work would be carried out by the DRDL.

MBDA have 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.[4]

Two variants of the missile are planned :

  • A 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

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.

Development of the missile is expected to be completed within three years of the project go-ahead, when initial testing will commence. Over 1000 missiles are expected to be produced for the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy.

References

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Maitri missile — The Maitri missile project is a next generation low level, quick reaction surface to air missile (LLQRM) being developed by Indian based Defence Research and Development Organization in collaboraion with the Britain based MBDA. Defence Research… …   Wikipedia

  • Maitri — This article is about the Maitri Antarctic station. For the surface to air missile, see Maitri (missile). For discussion of the literal meaning of the word maitrī, see metta. For Christian Death member, see Maitri (composer). Maitri station.… …   Wikipedia

  • Integrated Guided Missile Development Program — An Agni II during the Republic Day Parade in 2004 The Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) was an Indian Ministry of Defence program between the early 1980s and 2007 for the development of a comprehensive range of missiles,… …   Wikipedia

  • Nag (missile) — See also: Integrated Guided Missile Development Program#Nag missile system Nag Nag missile with the NAMICA in the background. Picture taken during DEFEXPO 2008 …   Wikipedia

  • DRDO Anti Tank Missile — The DRDO Anti Tank Missile (ATM) is a first generation wire guided missile developed in India by Defense Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) of Drdo. It has a subsonic speed up to 300 ft/s (91 m/s) with 1.6 km range and HEAT… …   Wikipedia

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation — Sanskrit: बलस्य मूलं विज्ञानम् Strength s Origin is in Science [1] Agency overvi …   Wikipedia

  • Nirbhay — Type Long range, all weather, subsonic cruise missile[1] Place of origin India Production history M …   Wikipedia

  • List of missiles by country — This list of missiles by country displays the names of missiles in order of the country where they originate, with the countries listed alphabetically and annotated with their continent (and defence alliance, if applicable). In cases where… …   Wikipedia

  • A. P. J. Abdul Kalam — This article is about the former President of India. For the freedom fighter, see Abul Kalam Azad. His Excellency Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam அவுல் பகீர் ஜைனுலாப்தீன் அப்துல் கலாம் Abdul Kalam at the 12th Wharton India Economic Forum …   Wikipedia

  • Ranjit Lal Jetley — Maj General Ranjit Lal Jetley, FIE, FIQA (born 10 March 1923) is a retired soldier and scientist in India. He served in World War II and the 1947 Indo Pakistani War, becoming an artillery regiment commander. He went on to work in armaments… …   Wikipedia