Successful Flight Test of Indian-Developed Surface-to-Air Missile

During the test, the Akash surface-to-air missile system, designed and developed by the Defense Research & Development Organisation, successfully intercepted a high-speed unmanned aerial target By DA Reporter / 30 Jul 2021

Defense Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight-test of the New Generation Akash (Akash-NG), a surface-to-air missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur off the coast of Odisha, India.

The test was carried out against a high-speed unmanned aerial target which was successfully intercepted by the missile. 

The flight test was conducted from a land-based platform with all weapon system elements such as Multi-Function Radar, Command, Control & Communication System and launcher participating in deployment configuration. 

The missile system has been developed by Defense Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories.  The system performance was validated through the data captured by a number of Radar, Telemetry and Electro Optical Tracking systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur. A team of Indian Air Force Officers witnessed the test.

DRDO scientists have said that the missile system has a range of close to 60 km and can travel at 2.5 times the speed of sound. Once deployed, the Akash-NG weapon system will prove to be a force multiplier for the air defense capability of the Indian Air Force. 

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