Akash the indigenously designed developed and produced Surface to Air missile (SAM) for the Indian Army was once again successfully flight tested today at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. “The firing is a part of test series being conducted in various engagement modes from the first of Production Model system being produced to equip two regiments of Indian Army. Both, Today’s flight destroying a target in receding mode, as well as the one conducted on 21st Feb 2014 destroying an approaching target, fully met the mission objectives and few more trials are planned in different engagement modes,” says MoD release.
“Development and production of Akash weapon system with the active participation of DRDO labs, Public Sector Units (PSUs), Ordnance Factories, National R&D Laboratories, academic Institutions and about 200 private industries is yet another symbol of India’s strength in making indigenous weapon systems”, stated Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Secretary Deptt of Defence R&D, congratulating the production agencies, Indian Army and DRDO team. “The successful trials show the continuing excellence of Indian weapon systems”.
Akash SAM is capable of engaging aerial threats upto a distance of approximately 25 kms. The Army version of the multi target, multi directional, all weather air-defence system consists of surveillance and tracking radars, control centres and ground support systems mounted on high mobility vehicles. 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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G Chandramouli, Project Director Akash supervised the overall trial operations in the presence of senior army officials and officials from BDL and BEL who are attending the trials. MVKV Prasad, Director ITR supervised the trials activities.