India successfully test-fired its indigenously-developed surface-to-air ‘Akash’ missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, about 15 km from Balasore, off Odisha coast.
|‘Akash’ missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur|
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The missile can go up to a range of 25 km with a warhead of 60 kg. The test-fire was successful, said a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) official associated with the Akash missile project.
Akash was test ‑fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-III of the ITR at 11:08 am on Thursday.
The missile is an anti-aircraft defence system. It can neutralise aerial targets such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles simultaneously with ‘Rajendra’ radar developed by the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), a DRDO laboratory in Bangalore.
Akash was developed during 1990s under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). The air force version of Akash has been developed by the DRDO.
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