A new version of the Akash Missile – ‘Akash Prime’ has been successfully flight tested from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha on Monday (27 September), the Ministry of Defence said.
The missile intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking enemy aircrafts, in its maiden flight test after improvements.
In comparison to the existing Akash System, Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker for improved accuracy, the Ministry of Defence said in a release on Monday.
Other improvements also ensure more reliable performance under low temperature environments at higher altitudes.
Modified ground system of the existing Akash weapon system has been used for the current flight test. The range stations of ITR comprising radars, Electro Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and telemetry stations monitored the missile trajectory and flight parameters, the ministry said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) and industry for the successful trial of Akash Prime Missile.
He said that the successful flight test proves the competence of DRDO in design and development of world class Missile systems.
DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the team for the successful flight trial of Akash Prime Missile. He said that the Akash Prime system will further boost the confidence of the users (Indian Army and Indian Air Force) as the Akash system is already inducted and now getting improved with more lethal missiles.
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