India on Friday successfully flight probed the New Generation Akash (Akash-NG) missile from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the Odisha coast, DRDO sources said. The test was executed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) against a high-speed unmanned aerial target which was successfully arrested by the missile.
The surface-to-air missile was also successfully flight-tested two days ago from the same launch ground of ITR at Chandipur near here, sources said. The flight trial was performed from launch pad 3 of the ITR with all weapon system elements such as Multifunction Radar, Command, Control Communication System and launcher partaking in deployment configuration, they said.
The missile, devised with a radio frequency seeker, successfully arrested a high speed unmanned aerial target, a DRDO representative said. On July 21, the missile was flight-tested without the seeker, meeting all the mission requirements.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh greeted DRDO, Indian Air Force and the Industry on the second successful flight test of Akash-NG in a spell of three days. The missile system has been created by Defence Research $@$# Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in association with other DRDO laboratories.
The test was held amid harsh weather conditions proving the all-weather capability of the weapon system. In order to arrest flight data, ITR placed a number of Range stations like Electro Optical Tracking System, Radar and Telemetry.
The perfect performance of the entire weapon system has been confirmed by complete flight reports arrested by these systems. During the trial, the missile demonstrated high transportability required for neutralising fast and agile aerial threats, sources said. The launch was observed by the representatives of the Indian Air Force. Once stationed, the Akash-NG weapon system will demonstrate to be a force multiplier for the air defence capability of the Indian Air Force.
Production agencies Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited also participated in the trials. Secretary, Department of Defence R$@$#D and DRDO Chairman, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, also greeted the teams for the successful trial of Akash NG which is capable of intercepting high speed and agile aerial threats.
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