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‘Akash’ missile test-fired from Chandipur


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Baleswar, Feb 21:

Akash, the indigenously developed surface-to air missile was test fired from the Integrated Test Range launch complex at Chandipur in Odisha’s Baleswar district today.

Picture Courtesy: hindu.com
Picture Courtesy: hindu.com

The missile, which was test fired from launch complex-3 at 11.22 AM, targeted a floating object supported by Pilot Less Target Aircraft (PTA) ‘Lakshya’, defence officials said. Some more trials will be conducted in the next couple of days, they added.

Sources said during the test fire, the missile aimed at intercepting a floating object supported by a pilot-less target aircraft, flown from launch complex-II, at a definite altitude over the sea.

Akash is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system developed by the DRDO as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, which has a strike range of 25 km and can carry a warhead of 60 kgs. It has the capability to target aircraft up to 30 km away and is packed with a battery that can track and attack several targets simultaneously, sources said.

Akash is compared with the American MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system. It  has the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles etc, say defence experts.

The missile was last test fired from the same base on June 6, 2012.