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IAF Strengthens Air Defense with Indigenous SAMAR-2 Missile System

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has taken a significant stride in bolstering the nation’s air defense capabilities with the development of the Surface to Air Missile for Assured Retaliation (SAMAR-2) missile system. This innovative system leverages repurposed Russian R-27 air-to-air missiles, transforming them into a potent surface-to-air defense solution.

SAMAR-2: Extending the Life Cycle of Legacy Assets

As explained by Air Marshal Vibhas Pande, SAMAR-2 represents a strategic approach to maximizing the utility of aging missile systems. By integrating these nearing-expiration assets into a robust air defense network, the IAF ensures their continued effectiveness in safeguarding Indian airspace.

Indigenously Developed Defense Solution

The IAF’s 7 Base Repair Depot (BRD) Tughlakabad played a pivotal role in developing the SAMAR system. Through meticulous engineering and adaptation, the team successfully transformed the R-27 missiles into a ground-launched air defense system.

Proven Performance through Testing

The IAF has rigorously tested the SAMAR system, conducting successful firing trials during the Astra Shakti 2023 exercise held at Suryalanka Air Force Station in Andhra Pradesh. These trials validated the system’s operational capabilities and readiness for deployment.

SAMAR-2 signifies the IAF’s commitment to indigenous defense development and resource optimization. By ingeniously repurposing existing assets and fostering domestic technological expertise, the IAF ensures a robust and self-reliant air defense system for India.

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