Akash missile successfully test fired at Chandipuri in Odisha

Indigenously-built surface-to-air Akash missile was successfully test fired from complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipuri in Odisha.

Test: It was as part of a user trial mission in which 3 rounds of test were carried out by Indian Air Force (IAF) aiming at para-barrel targets.

About Akash Missile

  • Akash (in English it means sky) is a mid-range surface-to-air missile (SAM).
  • Indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • The missile has supersonic speeds ranging from Mach 2.8 to 3.5. It has capability to carry warhead of 60 kg. It can engage aerial targets up to a range of approximately 25 kms.
  • It is powered by Ramjet-rocket propulsion system (RRPS) which renders thrust for the missile to intercept the target at supersonic speed without any retardation.
  • It is capable of neutralising aerial targets like cruise missiles, fighter jets and air-to-surface missiles.
  • The missile was formally inducted into the IAF in July 2015. The first missile was delivered in March 2012 to the IAF.

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