The Indian Army has agreed to purchase the indigenous two-stage ramjet Akash missile from Bharat Dynamics.

Akash is a ground-based air defence system with an interception range of 30km flying at an altitude of 18,000m, according to The Hindu.

The missile system has both track and wheeled platforms, and can handle multiple targets with a digitally coded command guidance system.

When the missile will be inducted into the army depends on its delivery schedule from Bharat Dynamics.

India also gave its final clearance for the acquisition of 140 M777 howitzers for the army from BAE Systems through the US foreign military sale programme.