Akash mis­sile tested in low al­ti­tude

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Akash mis­sile was suc­cess­fully test­fired re­cently in very low al­ti­tude near boundary mis­sion from the in­te­grated test range at Bala­sore, Odisha. This flight trial was last among the val­i­da­tion tri­als be­ing car­ried out by Army on the first off pro­duc­tion mod­els of Akash su­per­sonic mis­sile.

The su­per­sonic mis­sile in­ter­cepted a very small un­manned fast mov­ing Ban­shee aerial ve­hi­cle at 30-me­tre al­ti­tude above sea level prov­ing the sys­tem ca­pa­bil­ity against sub­sonic cruise mis­sile.

The so­phis­ti­cated multi-func­tion radar with built in fea­tures tracked the low fly­ing tar­get con­tin­u­ously through­out its course. Spe­cial al­go­rithms/tech­niques de­vel­oped by DRDO for over­com­ing the mul­ti­ple tar­get re­flec­tions com­ing from the sea worked per­fectly in the mis­sion.

With this flight trial, the In­dian Army ac­com­plishes all the val­i­da­tion tri­als on the first off pro­duc­tion mod­els and the sys­tem is be­ing de­liv­ered for in­duc­tion.

Av­inash Chan­der, Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor to De­fence Min­is­ter, Sec­re­tary Depart­ment of De­fence R&D and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, DRDO, said, “While indige­nous de­vel­op­ment, pro­duc­tion and in­duc­tion of Akash is mak­ing very sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to In­dia’s sel­f­re­liance in air de­fence tech­nolo­gies, Akash also has great ex­port po­ten­tial”.

The tri­als were su­per­vised by G. Chan­dramouli, Project Di­rec­tor Akash, and wit­nessed by Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Army Air De­fence and other se­nior of­fi­cials of Army and the Min­istry of De­fence.

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