Successful maiden test of Akash Prime Missile

at 2:10 pm

New Delhi: A new version of Akash Missile – ‘Akash Prime’ has been successfully flight tested from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha.

This missile intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking enemy aircrafts, in its maiden flight test  yesterday after improvements.

In comparison to the existing Akash System, Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker for improved accuracy, official release said.

Other improvements also ensure more reliable performance under low temperature environments at higher altitudes.

Modified ground system of  existing Akash weapon system has been used for the current flight test.

The range stations of ITR comprising Radars, Electro Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and Telemetry stations monitored the missile trajectory and flight parameters.

Defence Minister  Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) and industry for successful trials of Akash Prime Missile.

Rajnath Singh stated that successful flight test proves  competence of DRDO in design and development of world class Missile systems.