Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Feb 24:
‘Akash’, India’s indigenously developed surface-to-air missile, was test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-Sea, about 15 km from here.
The missile targeted a floating object supported by Pilotless Target Aircraft ‘Lakshya’.
“Lakshya was sent at 11.31 am before Akash was test fired from the launch complex-3 at 11.42 am,” a defence official said, adding, “Some more trials would be conducted within the next few days.”
During the trial, the missile aimed at intercepting a floating object supported by a pilotless target aircraft, flown from launch complex-II, at a definite altitude over the sea,” he said.
Akash is a medium range surface-to-air, anti-aircraft defence system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
It has a strike range of 25 km and can carry a warhead of 60 kg. It has the capability to target an aircraft at a distance of up to 30 km and is packed with battery that can track and attack several targets simultaneously, he said.
With its capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles, defence experts compare Akash with the American MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system.
The last trial was conducted on February 22 from the same base.