The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted the second consecutive successful test on Friday of the new variant of the Akash Surface-to-Air Missile – New Generation (Akash-NG). While Friday’s test was done with a radio frequency researcher – which is a target tracking system – the test two days ago was done without him, DRDO officials said.
Friday morning’s test, which was carried out at 11:45 a.m. from the Chandipur Integrated Rifle Range off the coast of Odisha, was carried out against a high-speed unmanned aerial target that was successfully intercepted by the missile. The flight test validated the operation of the complete weapon system consisting of the missile with an RF (radio frequency) seeker, launcher, multifunction radar and a locally developed command, control and communication system.
The test was carried out in adverse weather conditions, proving the weapon system’s all-weather capability, the DRDO said.
Wednesday’s exam, which was also conducted from the ITR, was performed without RF seeker and achieved mission objectives with precision.
Akash is primarily a short-range surface-to-air missile system designed and developed by the DRDO for use by the armed forces for the protection of vulnerable areas and vulnerable points from adversary air attacks. The weapon system can simultaneously engage multiple targets in group mode and can also operate in standalone mode. It has built-in electronic countermeasure functions, which means it has on-board mechanisms that can counter the electronic system that is fooling the detection systems.
The Akash missile system has been installed and is operational with both the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army. The Akash-NG, with various new features, is intended to enhance the air defense capabilities of the Indian Air Force. DRDO scientists said the missile system has a range of nearly 60 km and can travel at 2.5 times the speed of sound.