The missile -- 'Akash Prime' -- intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking an enemy aircraft in its maiden flight test
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Adding more firepower to India's missile arsenal, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday 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.
The flight testing took place at around 4:30 pm on Monday.
-The Akash Prime is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) system developed by the DRDO and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
The Akash SAM was developed to replace the Russian 2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful) missile system, currently in service. The Akash SAM, like the Russian 2K12 Kub, utilizes an integrated ramjet-rocket propulsion system, which, after initial rocket motor burnout, provides sustained thrust for the missile throughout its flight until interception.
-The missiles, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) can be fired from a tank or a wheeled truck.
-The modified ground system of the existing Akash weapon system was for the flight test. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and other stakeholders on the successful trial of the Akash prime missile.
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