New gen Akash tested successfully

By Times Of India

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully flight-tested the new generation Akash missile (Akash-NG), a surface-to-air missile developed in Hyderabad, from the integrated test range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha.

The defence ministry said once deployed, the Akash-NG weapon system would prove to be a force multiplier for the air defence capability of the Indian Air Force.

The missile system has been developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories. The flight trial was conducted at 12.45 pm from a land-based platform with all weapon system elements such as multi-function radar, command, control and communication System and launcher participating in deployment configuration.

The launch was witnessed by representatives of the IAF. In order to capture flight data, the ITR deployed a number of range stations like electro optical tracking system, radar and telemetry. “The flawless performance of the entire weapon system has been confirmed by complete flight data captured by these systems. During the test, the missile demonstrated high manoeuvrability required for neutralising fast and agile aerial threats,” the ministry of defence said.

Production agencies Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) also participated in the trials. In what has been described as a major boost towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat and strengthening of Indian Army, the DRDO also successfully flight-tested indigenously-developed low weight, fire and forget ‘man portable anti-tank guided missile’ (MPATGM) on Wednesday.

The missile was launched from a man portable launcher integrated with a thermal site and the target was mimicking a tank.

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