Suc­cess­ful tri­als of Akash sur­face-toair mis­sile


Akash, the in­dige­nously de­signed, de­vel­oped and pro­duced sur­face-to-air mis­sile for the In­dian Army, was once again suc­cess­fully flight tested re­cently at the In­te­grated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. These were part of a se­ries of tri­als be­ing con­ducted in var­i­ous en­gage­ment modes from the first of pro­duc­tion model sys- tem be­ing pro­duced to equip two reg­i­ments of In­dian Army.

The flight de­stroy­ing a tar­get in re­ced­ing ting mode, as well as the one con­ducted on Fe­bru­ary 21, 2014, de­stroy­ing an ap­proach­ing tar­get, fully met the mis­sion ob­jec­tives and few more tri­als are planned in dif­fer­ent en­gage­ment modes.

“De­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of Akash weapon sys­tem with the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of DRDO labs, pub­lic sec­tor units (PSUs), Ord­nance Fac­to­ries, Na­tional R&D Lab­o­ra­to­ries, aca­demic In­sti­tu­tions and about 200 pri­vate in­dus­tries is yet an­other sym­bol of In­dia’s strength in mak­ing indige­nous weapon sys­tems,” stated Av­inash Chan­der, Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor to Rak­shaMantri and Sec­re­tary Depart­ment of De­fence R&D, con­grat­u­lat­ing the pro­duc­tion agencies, In­dian Army and DRDO team. “The suc­cess­ful tri­als show the con­tin­u­ing ex­cel­lence of In­dian weapon sys­tems”.

Akash is In­dia’s first in­dige­nously de­signed, de­vel­oped and pro­duced air de­fence sys­tem sur­face to air mis­sile ca­pa­ble of en­gag­ing aerial threats upto a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mately 25 km. The mul­ti­tar­get, multi-direc­tional, all weather air-de­fence sys­tem con­sist­ing of sur­veil­lance and track­ing radars, con­trol cen­tres and ground sup­port sys­tems mounted on high mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cles for the “Army” ver­sion of Akash is de­signed to en­able in­te­gra­tion with other air de­fence com­mand and con­trol net­works through se­cured com­mu­ni­ca­tion links. De­vel­oped by DRDO, the Army ver­sion of Akash is be­ing pro­duced by the Bharat Dy­nam­ics Limited as the nodal pro­duc­tion agency with the in­volve­ment of the Bharat Elec­tron­ics Limited and a large num­ber of other in­dus­tries. The to­tal pro­duc­tion value of Akash air de­fence sys­tems cleared for in­duc­tion by the In­dian Army and In­dian Air force is more than ` 23,000 crore. SP

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