The Defence Research and Development Organisation tested two missile systems Wednesday, which included a Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Indian Army and a new variant of the Akash Surface-to-Air Missile — Akash-NG — for the Indian Air Force, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. In both tests, the mission objectives were successfully met by the missile systems.
In the case of Akash-NG, the system was flight tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha at 12:45 pm on Wednesday from a land-based platform. During the test, the weapon system elements such as Multifunction Radar, Command, Control and Communication System and launcher functioned in deployment configuration. DRDO scientists said the missile system has a range of close to 60 km and can travel 2.5 times the speed of sound (2.5 Mach).
The missile system has been developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in collaboration with several other DRDO laboratories. The launch was witnessed by representatives of the Indian Air Force.