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CAG has said in his re­port that as many as a third of the home-made Akash sur­face-to-air mis­siles are un­re­li­able, un­us­able and untested, pos­ing an op­er­a­tional risk dur­ing hos­til­i­ties. Akash is to be de­ployed in the vul­ner­a­ble Silig­uri cor­ri­dor to counter po­ten­tial air strikes by China. But the CAG re­port puts a big ques­tion mark on their op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness also a shadow on the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive. Salient as­pects of the CAG re­port are:

had lower than the re­quired ve­loc­ity, and there was mal­func­tion­ing of crit­i­cal units. Novem­ber 2014, 20 mis­siles were test fired dur­ing April-Novem­ber 2014. Six of these mis­siles, which is 30%, failed the test. Two of the mis­siles failed to even take off. cost but would stay us­able for a less pe­riod than their stip­u­lated life. The life­span of some mis­siles had ex­pired by March 2017.

The In­dian Air Force has or­dered about eight squadrons and the Army has or­dered two reg­i­ments. As per me­dia re­ports Army does not want any more mis­sile reg­i­ments as it can­not be em­ployed in mo­bile role to sup­port the strike corps.

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