New Delhi, May 27: The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully tested the locally developed Akash-1S surface-to-air defense missile system on Monday.
This is a new version of the missile equipped with a native seeker. This is the second successful test of the Akash-1S missile in the past two days.
Developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP), which also involved the development of the Nag, Agni and Trishul missiles, as well as the Prithvi ballistic missile, the Akash missile defense system is being developed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL)
The Akash missile can destroy moving targets such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles, helicopter-launched missiles, fighter jets and can be fired from crawler and wheeled platforms .
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Akash missiles are designed to be launched from static or mobile platforms such as battle tanks and wheeled trucks, providing flexible deployment. It can handle multiple targets and destroy maneuvering targets, including unmanned aerial vehicles, fighter jets, cruise missiles, and missiles launched from helicopters. Deploying Aakash dramatically improves defense capabilities against incoming air attacks.
The Akash Missile System is a locally developed short-range supersonic surface-to-air missile system with the ability to engage a wide variety of aerial threats such as airplanes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles up to a maximum range of 25-30 km and up to an altitude of 20 km. He is in operational service with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.
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The Akash missile, which is currently in service, is guided by a phase-controlled fire control radar called “Rajendra”, called Battery Level Radar (BLR) with a tracking range of around 60 km.
India is also reportedly working on a next-generation Akash missile called Akash NG.
Akash-NG will feature an AESA multifunction radar (MFR). The addition of MFR will provide the capabilities of the Akash missile system that it has never had before. MFR will combine the functions (search, tracking and fire control) of three different radars into a single unit. This new Akash NG will significantly strengthen India’s air defense system.
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India is currently working on a tiered air defense system to deal with the impending air attack. India’s purchase of the triumf S-400 system from Russia was part of this ongoing effort. India is already working on a two-tier Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) program and has Aakash missiles to undertake aerial attacks. The S-400 Triumph Missile Defense System is an important strategic upgrade of Indian military hardware.
“We had nothing (in terms of air defense) between 400 km and 25 km. It is a system that can take on the enemy from 30 km to 400 m km. Then you also buy Israeli Barack 8 systems which have a range of 70 km extendable up to 100 km. So you will have layered air defense to deal with threats from China and Pakistan, “said Major General PK Sehgal.
Article first published: Monday May 27th, 2019, 8:23 PM [IST]