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DRDO successfully flight-tests surface-to-air missile Akash-NG

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    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    22nd Jul, 2021

Context

Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG), a surface-to-air Missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha.

About the key features of the missile

  • The missile system has been developed by Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories.
  • It is a New Generation surface-to-air Missile.
  • The missile has high manoeuvrability to neutralise aerial threats.
  • The missile is objected to boost to Air Defence capabilities of the Indian Air Force.
  • To capture flight data, ITR deployed several Range stations like Electro-Optical Tracking System, Radar and Telemetry.

How it is different from the Akash Missile?

  • This missile is a successor to the Akash and Akash-1S series of missiles with improvements such as a Dual-pulse solid rocket motor, a canisterized launcher and an AESA Multifunction targeting radar to improve its probability of kill with a smaller ground operations and logistics footprint.

Akash Missile

  • The Akash missile system can target aircraft up to 50–80 km (31–50 mi) away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m.
  • It has the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.
  • Akash flies at supersonic speed, reaching around Mach 2.5.
  • It has the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.