Indian Army inducted the first regiment of the indigenously-developed surface-to-air Akash missile system.
Each regiment of Akash missile in the Indian Army consists of six launchers with each launcher having three missiles.
Indian Army had placed orders for two regiments worth about 19,000 crore rupees. The first regiment will be ready by July 2015 and the second one by the end of 2016.
About Akash missile
- Akash missile is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system and India’s first indigenously designed and developed missile by DRDO as part of IGMDP.
- The missile is built by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and has strike range of 25 km and can carry a warhead of 60 kg.
- It has capability to target aircraft from a low altitude of 30 metres to maximum of up to 20 km.
- It is packed with a battery that can track and attack and engage several targets simultaneously in all weather conditions.
- An Air Force variant of Akash missile already has been inducted. It was inducted in 2009.
- It should be noted that the Army variant of Akash missile is designed for high mobility so that it can be quickly moved to any operational theatres based on necessity.