India Successfully Test-Fires Indigenous Surface-To-Air Akash Missile

| December 6 , 2017 , 11:08 IST

In a significant step for the defence of the nation, India successfully test-fired its indigenous supersonic surface-to-air missile with radio frequency seeker from a test range in Odisha. With the successful test firing, India now has the capability of making any type of surface-to-air missile, defence sources said.

The Akash missile system has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and has the capability to neutralise aerial targets including fighter jets, cruise missiles, and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles. It is being inducted into the Army as a short-range surface-to-air missile.

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In the test-firing conducted on Tuesday, the Akash missile targeted an UAV 'Banshee', which was fired from the launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Odisha.

"The radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast have tracked and monitored all the health parameters of the missile," an official statement said.

The Akash missile has a strike range of around 25 km and carries 55 kg fragmentation warhead triggered by a proximity fuse. The radio proximity fuse has advanced signal processing features. The missile can be used in all weathers and defend vulnerable areas from medium range air targets coming from low, medium and high altitudes.  

The missile system is autonomous and designed to neutralise multiple aerial targets attacking from various directions simultaneously.

The launch operations were attended by Director General (Missiles) of DRDO and Scientific Adviser to the defence minister G Satheesh Reddy and other senior officials of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).