The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday (12 January) conducted a successful flight-test of the New Generation AKASH (AKASH-NG) missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
"The flight-test was conducted against a high-speed unmanned aerial target at very low altitude," the DRDO said in a statement.
During the flight-test, the target was successfully intercepted by the weapon system and destroyed, it said.
According to the DRDO, the test has validated the functioning of the complete weapon system consisting of the missile with indigenously developed Radio Frequency Seeker, Launcher, Multi-Function Radar and Command, Control and Communication system.
The system performance was also validated through the data captured by a number of Radars, Telemetry and Electro Optical Tracking System deployed by ITR, Chandipur.
The flight-test was witnessed by senior officials from DRDO, Indian Air Force (IAF), Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
The AKASH-NG system is a state-of-the-art missile system capable of intercepting high speed, agile aerial threats.
The successful flight test has paved the way for User trials, the DRDO said.
Akash-NG is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defense system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited and Bharat Electronics.
This missile is a successor to the Akash and Akash-1S series of missiles with improvements such as a Dual-pulse solid rocket motor, a canisterised launcher and an AESA Multifunction targeting radar to improve its probability of kill with a smaller ground operations and logistics footprint.
Akash-NG has been developed with better deployability compared to previous generation Akash SAM systems with canisterised launcher and much smaller ground system footprint.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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