Engages multiple targets
The Akash is a medium range surface-to-air missile, which is produced indigenously and has the capability to engage multiple targets from multiple directions. It can reach a staggering speed of Mach 2.5 and can detect low, medium, and high flying targets.
Akash is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and can reach a maximum height of 18 kilometres. This makes it lethal for enemy fighter jets, drones, cruise missiles, etc. The missile can carry a warhead of 50- 60 kgs, while it has a launch weight of 720 kg. It has a wingspan of 1105mm, length of 5.8 m, and a diameter of 350 mm.
The missile development was part of India’s 30-year-old integrated guided-missile development programme (IGMDP) which also included other missiles like Nag, Agni, Trishul, Prithvi. Read More