Surface-to- air missile Akash successfully test fired
India successfully test-fired Akash its supersonic surface-to- air missile with indigenous radio frequency seeker from a test range in Odisha.The state-of- the-art indigenous missile targeting an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) 'Banshee' was fired from the launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
Speciality of this test: The supersonic missile is the first surface-to- air missile with indigenous seeker to be test fired and is being inducted into the Army as short range surface to air missile.
Akash has a strike range of about 25 km and carries a 55kg, with the successful test firing, India has achieved the capability of making any type of surface to air missile.
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Akash missile system has the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to- surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.
Additional information: Akash is a medium-range mobile surface-to- air missile defense system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for Missile Systems and Bharat Electronics (BEL) for other radars, control centers in India.
Target range: The missile system can target aircraft up to 30 km away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m.
Speed: Mach 2.5
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