India on Thursday successfully tested a surface-to-air missile co-developed with Israel from an eastern military base.

The medium-range missile (MR-SAM) was fired from a test range at Chandipur in the state of Orissa.

"The missile guided by a radar system and on-board avionics successfully hit a pilotless target aircraft," a Defence Ministry statement said.

The supersonic interceptor missile is designed to defend against any type of airborne threat, including aircraft, helicopters and missiles.

It was developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in collaboration with the Israel Aerospace Industries for the Indian Air Force.

DRDO sources said the MR-SAM, reportedly with a range of 70 kilometres, is a version of the Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) or Barak-8. It is yet to get a name.

The LR-SAM, designed to protect ships and offshore rigs and with a range of up to 120 kilometres, was tested by the Indian Navy from a ship last December.

More tests of the missile will be conducted in the coming days. The missile system will start to be used by the Indian military after user trials.

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