Why in News?
The Defence Research and Development Organization, DRDO successfully conducted the launch of Akash New Generation missile from Integrated Test Range, Odisha.
It is a new generation surface to air missile that is meant for use of the Indian Air Force.
What is the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme?
This programme was started by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
It was approved by the Government of India on July 26, 1983
The missiles developed under the programme are
Short-range surface to surface ballistic missile- Prithvi
Intermediate-range surface to surface ballistic missile- Agni
Short-range low-level surface to air missile- Trishul
Medium range surface to air missile- Akash
Third-generation anti-tank missile- Nag
In a boost to Indian Air Force Defence System, the DRDO successfully test-fired surface to air Akash NG Missile than can intercept high manoeuvring aerial threats.
Akash NG Missile: Details
- Akash is a medium-range mobile surface to surface air missile defence system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization, DRDO and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited for Missile Systems.
- Bharat Electronics, Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division and Larsen and Toubro for other radars, control centres, launcher systems in India.
- It has the capability to neutralize aerial targets such as fighter jets, cruise missiles and air to surface missiles and ballistic missiles.
- It has been deployed as operational service with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.