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AKASH PRIME SUCCESSFULLY TESTED BY DRDO

AKASH PRIME SUCCESSFULLY TESTED BY DRDO

Context:

Recently, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested a new version of the Akash missile from the integrated test range at Chandipur in Odisha. The missile -- 'Akash Prime' -- intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking an enemy aircraft in its maiden flight test.

Akash Prime:

  • When comparing with the existing Akash system, Akash Prime is equipped with an improved active radio-frequency (RF) seeker to further enhance the accuracy.
  • DRDO has also incorporated additions to make Akash Prime more reliable under a low-temperature environment at higher altitudes.
  • A modified ground system of the existing Akash weapon system was used for the flight test.
  • The range stations at the test site including radars, Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) and telemetry stations monitored the missile trajectory and flight parameters.

DRDO:

  • It is the premier agency under the Department of Defence Research and Development in the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India.
  • It is charged with the military's research and development, headquartered in Delhi, India.
  • It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production of the Indian Ordnance Factories with the Defence Science Organisation.

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