Towards safer Akash!

IAF force multiplier new-gen Akash missile ready

DRDO test launches surface-to-air missile

Akash-NG demonstrates high manoeuvrability required for neutralising aerial threats, fast and with agility.

NEW DELHI, July 22 (The CONNECT) - Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested the New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG), from Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha. The flight trial of the surface-to-air missile was conducted from a land-based platform with all weapon system elements such as multifunction radar, command, control & communication system and launcher participating in deployment configuration.

The missile system has been developed by Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in collaboration with other DRDO. Representatives of the Indian Air Force (IAF) witnessed the test-fire. In order to capture flight data, ITR deployed a number of range stations like, electro optical tracking system, radar and telemetry. The flawless performance of the entire weapon system has been confirmed by complete flight data captured by these systems. During the test, the missile demonstrated high manoeuvrability required for neutralising fast and agile aerial threats.

Once deployed, the Akash-NG weapon system will prove to be a force multiplier for the air defence capability of the IAF.  Production agencies Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) also participated in the trials.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, BDL, BEL, Indian Air Force and the Industry for the successful test. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO applauded the efforts of the team and said the missile will strengthen the Indian Air Force.

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