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Akash Missile Inducted in Army
May 09, 2015

The Akash Weapon System is inducted into the Indian Army. This is the beginning of the new era for the Army Air Defence towards its drive for modernisation to counter the challenges posed by the enhanced air threat due to rapid improvements in the avionics field. This will also give a boost to the all round capability enhancement and operational effectiveness of the army to meet all the contemporary and emerging challenges of negating the enemy’s air threat. 

  • Akash Missile System is an indigenously developed supersonic short range surface-to-air missile.

  • It is a system with the capability to engage a wide variety of aerial threats like aircrafts, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles up to a maximum range of 25 km and upto an altitude of 20 km.

  • The system is capable of simultaneously engaging multiple targets and is capable of providing comprehensive short range missile cover to the vulnerable assets in the field force of the Army.

  • It employs command to line of sight guidance and relies on sophisticated radars and control systems to guide the missile to its targets.

  • Each regiment of Akash consists of six launchers with each launcher having three missiles.

  • With 96% indigenous content, the state-of the art weapon system is a glowing manifestation of the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative.

  • Akash has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation and is being built by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

  • The Indian Air Force has already inducted its own version of the missile system.

  • It was originally planned as part of the five missiles under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme initiated in 1984.

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