The Indian army will be getting the Akash "area defence" missile systems, which have an interception range of over 25 km in all weather conditions, from next month.
"The fully-automated Akash system is designed to defend the country's vital and vulnerable areas against medium-range air targets penetrating from low, medium and high altitudes. Its kill probability is over 88% with one missile. With two missiles in ripple firing, its 98%," said a DRDO scientist was quoted as saying by Times of India on Saturday.
The 96% indigenous weapon systems can fly at supersonic speed, reaching about Mach 2.5.The Army has initially ordered two Akash regiments, with six firing batteries and hundreds of missiles each for a Rs 14,180 crore (US$2.2 billion).
"The first full regiment should be ready by June-July, with the second one following by end-2016," said defense ministry officials. Manohar Parrikar is slated to symbolically hand over the first Akash - the surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) fired from mobile launchers with powerful multi-function radars to evaluate and track threats -- to the Army in early-April, Ministry officials added.
The Akash is one of the five core missile systems of the integrated guided missile development programme launched by DRDO in 1984.
After long delays due to technical problems, the indigenous SAM - produced by defence PSUs Bharat Electronics and Bharat Dynamics is finally being inducted into the armed forces.
The missile has a launch weight of 720 kg, a diameter of 35 cm and a length of 5.78 meters. It can reach an altitude of 18 km and can be fired from both tracked and wheeled platforms.
The armys air defence (AAD) wing is undergoing a long awaited modernisation by acquiring six batterys of Aakash surface to air missiles (SAM) and modernizing older Russian origin SAMs. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely handed over the Akash missiles at a ceremony later this month
The Indian Air Force (IAF) have raised six new squadrons of the Akash Air Defence System which is developed by the DRDO, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and private firms. The top IAF officials were quoted as saying by TOI that IAF already has two operational squadrons of the all-weather, point/area missile system
For Defenseworld.net/BangaloreDefence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) sources say that they have moved a proposal to the government on building Mark II of the Akash missiles that will be upgraded by a longer range and sophisticated seeker
The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has decided to increase the range of the Aakash Surface to air missile (SAM), one of its successful programs, and provide it with a ‘seeker in its warhead to achieve better targeting efficiency. Reliable sources in the DRDO are not willing to divulge too many details about these two important elements – the range and the seeker – just yet
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Indian Army on Tuesday has inducted indigenously developed supersonic short range surface-to-air missile ‘Akash capable of engaging aerial threats like aircraft, helicopters and drones to a maximum range of 25 km and up to an altitude of 20 km. The missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) will be a boost for the Army Air Defense Corps, which had been grappling for years with obsolete air defense weapons
Electronics Corporation of India in partnership with Bharat Dynamics (BDL) is supplying mission critical electronic systems for Akash Weapon System (AWS), Times of India news daily reported Monday. BDL is the prime contractor for indigenous Akash Surface to Air Missile developed by Defense Research Development Laboratory (DRDL), under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) BDL has entrusted the responsibility of realizing the critical Ground Support Systems i
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