A new version of the Akash Missile, Akash Prime was successfully flight tested from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. The missile intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking an enemy aircraft in its maiden flight test. The flight testing took place at around 4:30 pm on Monday.
It is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) system developed by the DRDO and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). It can strike enemy aerial targets like fighter jets, drones, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.
Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency seeker for improved accuracy. Other improvements also ensure more reliable performance under low temperature environments at higher altitudes.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Defence Public Sector Undertaking and industry for the successful trials of Akash Prime Missile.
Chairman of DRDO Dr G. Satheesh Reddy congratulated the team for the successful flight trial of Akash Prime Missile. He said that the Akash Prime system will further boost the confidence of the users Indian Army and Indian Air Force as the Akash system is already inducted and now getting improved with more lethal missiles.
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