Indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile test fired successfully in Odisha

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Balasore, Nov 18: India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-air 'Akash' missile from a test range in Odisha as part of user trial by the Air Force.

"The sophisticated Akash missile was test-fired from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at about 3.26 pm," defence sources said.

Describing the trial of the missile "fully successful", ITR director M V K V Prasad told PTI that it hit a para barrel target.

"Some more similar trials of the missile will be conducted in this week," he said.

'Akash' missile is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system with a strike range of 25 km and can carry a warhead of 60 kg. It has the capability to target aircraft up to 30 km away and is packed with a battery that can track and attack several targets simultaneously.

With its capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles, defence experts compare 'Akash' to the similar weapons of many other advanced countries, the sources said.


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