New Delhi (NVI): The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully conducted maiden test launch of Akash-NG missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha.
According to the Ministry of Defence statement, “Akash-NG is a new generation Surface to Air Missile meant for use by Indian Air Force (IAF) with an aim of intercepting high maneuvering low RCS aerial threats.”
It added that the missile intercepted the target with text book precision and the launch met all the test objectives by performing high maneuvers during the trajectory.
The performance of the command and control system, onboard avionics and aerodynamic configuration of the missile was successfully validated during the trial.
During the test launch, entire path of the missile was monitored and the flight data was captured by various range instruments such as Radar, EOTS and telemetry systems. The multi function radar was tested for its capability of integration with the system.
The system of Akash-NG has been developed with better deployability compared to other similar systems with canisterized launcher and much smaller ground system footprint, the statement read.
The ministry further said that, the test launch was carried out by a combined team of DRDO, Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) & Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) in the presence of the representatives of IAF.
After the test lunch, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the scientists from DRDO, BEL and team from Indian Air Force for this achievement, the statement said.
Chairman of DRDO G Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the team for the successful flight trial of Akash NG Missile.