Surface-to-air missile 'Akash' successfully test fired from Odisha

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Surface to Air Missile 'Akash' with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target Banshee, was successfully launched from the Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur in Odisha on Tuesday at 1338 hours.

Surface-to-air missile Akash successfully test fired

This is the first surface-to-air missile with indigenous seeker that has been test fired. This missile is being inducted into Army as Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM).

"The radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast have tracked and monitored all the health parameters of the missile," an official statement said.

Akash has a strike range of about 25 km and carries a 55- kg fragmentation warhead that is triggered by proximity fuse. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Akash missile system has the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.

With this success, India has achieved the capability of making any type of Surface to Air Missile.

OneIndia News (with PTI inputs)

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