India conducts first flight test of Akash Prime missile
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India conducts first flight test of Akash Prime missile

28 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 28th, 2021 12:35)

The new version of the Akash Missile intercepted and destroyed an uncrewed aerial target.

India conducts first flight test of Akash Prime missile
The maiden flight test of Akash Prime missile. Credit: Government of India / Ministry of Defence.

India has conducted the first flight test of a new version of the Akash Missile called Akash Prime from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, in the state of Odisha.

During the maiden test, the missile intercepted and destroyed an uncrewed aerial target.

ITR’s range stations, including Radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and Telemetry stations, monitored the missile trajectory and other flight parameters during the trial.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Akash Prime as a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

It is equipped with an indigenous active radio-frequency (RF) seeker for improved accuracy.

The new missile system also incorporates other improvements to offer a more reliable performance under low-temperature environments at higher altitudes.

The test used the modified ground system of the existing Akash weapon system for the flight test.

Indian Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, Indian Army, Indian Air Force (IAF), Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) and other industry stakeholders for the successful trial. He added that the flight test proves the competence of DRDO in the design and development of world-class missile systems.

Separately, DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy said that the Akash Prime system will increase the confidence of the Indian Army and IAF.

Earlier this year, DRDO tested the New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG). The missile was tested from a land-based platform with all weapon system elements.

Both Akash Prime and Akash NG are variants of the Akash Missile, an all-weather medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system developed in India.