A new generation of Akash surface-to-air missile was successfully flight-tested by the DRDO from an integrated test range off the Odisha coast in a boost to India’s air defence capabilities.
The Defence Ministry said the missile was test-fired at around 12:45 PM from a land-based platform and that the “flawless performance” of its weapons system was confirmed by the complete flight data.
“Once deployed, the Akash-NG weapon system will prove to be a force multiplier for the air defence capability of the Indian Air Force,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
It is learnt that the new variant of the Akash missile (Akash-NG) has a slightly better range compared to the original version that can strike targets at a distance of around 25 km.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO, the Indian Air Force and production agencies Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for the successful test-firing of the missile.
Separately, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) also successfully flight-tested an indigenously developed low weight man-portable anti-tank guided missile, paving the way for its production for the Army.
The missile is being developed to strengthen the combat capabilities of the Indian Army. The ministry said the Aakash-NG missile was flight-tested at around 12:45 PM from a land-based platform.