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Surface to Air Missile System 'Akash' Successfully Flight Tested
Feb 26, 2014

‘Akash’ the indigenously designed developed and produced Surface to Air missile for the Indian Army was once again successfully flight tested on 24 February at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. These were part of a series of trials being conducted in various engagement modes from the first of Production Model system being produced to equip two regiments of Indian Army. This flight destroyed a target in receding ting mode and the one conducted on 21st Feb 2014 destroyed an approaching target, fully met the mission objectives and few more trials are planned in different engagement modes.

‘Akash’ is India’s first indigenously designed, developed and produced air defence system Surface to Air missile capable of engaging aerial threats up to a distance of approximately 25 km. The multi target, multi directional, all weather air-defence system consisting of surveillance and tracking radars, control centres and ground support systems mounted on high mobility vehicles for the Army version of Akash is designed to enable integration with other air-defence command and control networks through secured communication links. Developed by DRDO, the Army version of Akash is being produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) as the nodal production agency with the involvement of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and a large number of other industries. The total production value of Akash air defence systems cleared for induction by Indian Army and Indian Air force is more than Rs 23,000 crore.


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