Akash Prime, a new version of Akash missile tested successfully
On Monday afternoon, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha tested a new version of the Akash Missile, ‘Akash Prime’ successfully.
As per the trading of a DRDO Report, ” The missile intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking an enemy aircraft in its maiden flight test after improvements.”
In comparison with the existing Akash System, Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active RF (radio frequency) seeker for improved accuracy. Other improvements also ensure more reliable performance under low-temperature environments, at higher altitudes. The modified ground system of the existing Akash weapon has been used for the current flight test. The range stations of the ITR, comprising of Radars, EOTS (Electro-Optical Tracking System), and Telemetry stations, monitored the missile trajectory and flight parameters. The Indian Army, the Indian Air Force, the Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) hailed DRDO for the successful trials of the Akash Prime Missile.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised that the successful flight test proved the competence of DRDO in the design and development of world-class Missile systems.
He stated that the Akash Prime system will further boost the confidence of the users as the Akash system is already inducted and now being improved with more lethal missiles.