India test fired its indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore on Monday.
The missile targeted an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) named 'Banshee', an official of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told PTI.
The missile, with a strike range of 25 km and capability to carry warhead of 60 kg, was test fired from the launch complex-3 of the ITR, he said. It is a medium-range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system developed by DRDO as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
Akash is powered by Ramjet-rocket propulsion system which renders thrust for the missile to intercept the target at supersonic speed without any retardation.
It can fly at a supersonic speed ranging from Mach 2.8 to 3.5 and can engage aerial targets upto a range of approximately 25 km, the official said.
More than three decades after the project was initiated, the missile was formally inducted into the Indian Air Force and the Army last year.
Akash has the capability to neutralize aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles. The last trial from this base was conducted on January 28.
The Indian government has dismissed reports of buying missiles from outside rather than inducting indigenous ‘Akash missile in the Army. "Akash is already being inducted in Army and we are also developing very short missiles and till we develop them successfully, some missiles might have to be brought from outside," Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar was quoted as saying by NDTV Thursday
Indias Bharat Electronics (BEL) will showcase Electronic Warfare systems, radars, Weapon systems, Akash Missile and other indigenous products and systems designed and developed by it for the Indian Armed forces during the DefExpo India 2016 later this month. The display will include Land and Naval Radars for surveillance, navigation, weapon location and fire control; multi-band tactical radios, ship and airborne tactical data link, IP gateway; a range of communication encryptors supporting different interfaces and speeds; portable Unit Level Switch Board Mk III and SRAX, the company said in a statement Thursday
India is planning to double production of its indigenously developed Akash surface-to-air missile to 100 per month. "
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a contract with the Indian MoD today for the procurement of Seven Squadrons of Akash Missile System for the Indian Air Force (IAF). This is a turnkey contract with specialist infrastructure, the total value of which is Rs
Indias Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of military hardware worth INR 9,100 crore (US$ 1.2 billion) that includes an upgraded version of the Akash missile, on Tuesday
The Indian Air Force has test fired home-grown Akash supersonic surface to air missile against an electronic target from a defense test facility off Odisha coast in India Tuesday. The IAF will conduct another test against an actual target on Wednesday
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