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Akash missiles test fired successfully

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on December 05, 2020

Able to engage aerial threats upto the maximum range of 25 km and upto an altitude of 18 km, operating at a speed range of 1.8 to 2.5 Mach.

The Indian Air Force has successfully test fired the Akash Missiles at Suryalanka test firing range in Andhra Pradesh during the Combat Guided Weapons Firing 2020 exercise.

This exercise was aimed at practising different engagement scenarios during conflicts to shoot down enemy planes. Several test trials have also been done in the past which were proved to be successful, Bharat Dynamics Limited said in a statement today.

Designed and developed by the DRDO, Akash is one of the most successful, indigenously-made missiles inducted into the Indian Army and Air Force.

Specifications

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has manufactured Akash Missile, which has the capability to engage aerial threats upto the maximum range of 25 km and upto an altitude of 18 km., operating at a speed range of 1.8 to 2.5 Mach.

The Akash Weapon System consisting of Akash Missile along with a complement of Ground Support Equipment is capable of tracking 64 targets in the background and launch eight missiles against four targets simultaneously. The system is fully automatic with quick response time from target detection to kill. The Open system architecture ensures adaptability to existing and futuristic Air Defence environments. It has high immunity against active and passive jamming and has in-built safety features with IFF. The system has a secured mode of communication between combat elements and is self-sufficient in electrical power with in-built power sources.

The missile is used against aerial targets such as helicopters, fighter aircrafts, UAVs, etc. The missile has been recently upgraded with a seeker which will facilitate to neutralize targets with less efforts than before. The upgraded version will be capable of engaging with targets at very high altitude locations too.

BDL — along with DRDO — is geared up for delivery of Akash Prime to Indian Army with Seeker and high altitude capability. This capability to meet the user requirements has been achieved in a short span of time with the design support of DRDO.

BDL has supplied the missile to Indian Army and Indian Air Force and is expecting further orders from the services. The company is also exploring to offer Akash for export to foreign countries. BDL has already received export leads from some countries expressing interest in procuring the Missile.

Published on December 05, 2020

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