Premier Explosives Ltd delivered the 1,000th Akash missile booster grain to Bharat Dynamics Ltd here on Saturday.

Booster grains manufactured by the Hyderabad-based Premier are being used as solid fuel for the Akash missile, which is a medium-range surface-to-air system that can target any aerial threat up to 30 km range and at altitudes up to 18,000 metres, according to a release.

Variant for Navy Akash has been in operational service with the Army and the Air Force. A variant of the missile is under development for the Navy.

Bharat Dynamics has established a manufacturing base for guided weapon systems. It has been procuring booster grains from Premier Explosives for use in the manufacture of Akash missiles.

TV Chowdary, Deputy Managing Director, Premier Explosives, told BusinessLine the company has so far executed three rounds of orders and is in the process of executing the fourth one. The first delivery took place in 2012.

Premier Explosives is a manufacturer of high-energy materials for the defence and mining sectors.

It is the first private entity to develop and manufacture solid propellants for missiles.

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