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DRDO SUCCESSFULLY FLIGHT TESTED SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE AKASH-NG

DRDO SUCCESSFULLY FLIGHT TESTED SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE AKASH-NG

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On July 21, 2021, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG), a surface-to-air Missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO praised the efforts of the team and said the missile will strengthen the Indian Air Force.

About the Test:

  • The flight trial was conducted at around 12:45 PM from a land-based platform with all weapon system elements such as Multifunction Radar, Command, Control & Communication System and launcher.
  • During the test, the missile showed the high manoeuvrability required for neutralising fast and agile aerial threats.
  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, BEL, BDL, Indian Air Force and the Industry for the successful test.

About the Missile System:

  • It has been developed by Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories.
  • To capture flight data, ITR deployed a number of Range stations like Electro Radar, Optical Tracking System and Telemetry.
  • The flawless performance of the entire weapon system has been confirmed by complete flight data captured by these systems.
  • The Akash-NG weapon system will be a force multiplier for the air defence capability of the Indian Air Force.

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