India flight tests surface-to-air Akash missile second time in two days

By The Week

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the second successful flight-test of its new generation Akash (Akash-NG) missile. The missile was successfully flight-tested for the first time two days ago.

The test, carried out from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha at 11.45 hrs on Friday, was against a high-speed unmanned aerial target which was successfully intercepted by the surface-to-air missile. The missile demonstrated high maneuverability required for neutralising fast and agile aerial threats.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the team of defence scientists, and said, “The development of this state-of-the-art missile system will prove to be a force multiplier for air defence capabilities of Indian Air Force”.

The next-general Akash missile flight test has validated the functioning of complete weapon system, consisting of the missile with indigenously developed RF Seeker, launcher, multi-function radar and command, control and communication system.

“The test was carried out amidst inclement weather conditions, proving the all-weather capability of the weapon system,” a DRDO official said, while adding that 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.

On Wednesday, the missile was successfully flight-tested without seeker meeting all the mission requirements.

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