CAG OF INDIA STATES THAT AKASH SAM SYSTEM IS UNRELIABLE
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.