India’s Bharat Electronics developed surface to Air Akash Missile System was inducted into the air force today.
Except a few electronic components, most of the parts of Akash has the ‘Made in India' tag. About 92 per cent of the total cost of inputs is sourced within the nation, CNN IBN reported.
The air defense system has a range of 25 km. The 700-kg Akash missile can carry a 60-kg warhead which is triggered by proximity fuse. It can speed up to Mach 2.5. It can be launched from a fixed as well as a mobile platform.
Further, it uses integral ram jet rocket propulsion system and the onboard digital autopilot to bring stability and control.
The all-weather area air defense weapon system is useful for protecting the areas from medium range air targets penetrating from low, medium and high altitudes. Further, it is designed to neutralize multiple aerial targets attacking from many directions simultaneously.
The autonomous system, with its automated operation, is configured to be cross country mobile on tracked chasses for the Army.
The induction of Akash into the Indian Air Force was marked by the symbolic handing over of the weapon system by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff.
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
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
Indias Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) today test-fired the Surface to Air Missile (SAM) ‘Akash with indigenous radio frequency seeker against a mobile target, Banshee. This is the first Surface to Air Missile with indigenous seeker that has been test fired
India is planning to double production of its indigenously developed Akash surface-to-air missile to 100 per month. "
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India has successfully tested an indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) from a Helicopter. The anti-tank missile, “HeliNa (HELIcopter Nag)” is the helicopter launched version of Nag missile developed by the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) among the five missiles developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP)
India is in talks with Indonesia to export indigenously-made Air Borne Early Warning and Control System (AEWAC). “The AEWAC exports would be the first major export of defense systems from India under Prime Minister led government and the move fits into the governments push to reduce import of weapon systems and increase exports,” Dr Christopher Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Director General told NDTV Monday
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