Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baleswar, Apr 23:
The supersonic surface-to-air missile Akash was successfully test-fired from the Chandipur Test Range here this afternoon.
According to reports, the missile successfully hit the pilotless aircraft Lakshya at 2.43 PM 13 minutes after the aircraft took off.
According to the sources, the missile will have another two rounds of test.
Being the first indigenously designed, developed and produced air defence system of India, Akash has a strike range of approximately 25 km.
The multi-target, multi-directional, all-weather air-defence system consisting of surveillance and tracking radars is designed to enable integration with other air defence command and control networks through secured communication links.
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Akash is being produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) as the nodal production agency with the involvement of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and a number of other set-ups