DRDO successfully flight-tests surface-to-air missile Akash-NG
New Delhi, July 21, 2021
The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) today 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.
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 participating in deployment configuration, an official press release said.
The missile system has been developed by Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories. The launch was witnessed by the representatives of Indian Air Force.
In order to capture flight data, ITR deployed a number of range stations like Electro Optical Tracking System, Radar and Telemetry.
"The flawless performance of the entire weapon system has been confirmed by complete flight data captured by these systems. During the test, the missile demonstrated high manoeuvrability required for neutralising fast and agile aerial threats," the release said.
"Once deployed, the Akash-NG weapon system will prove to be a force multiplier for the air defence capability of the Indian Air Force," it said.
Production agencies Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) also participated in the trials.
The DRDO also successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed, low-weight, fire-and-forget Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for minimum range.
The missile was launched from a man portable launcher integrated with thermal site and the target was mimicking a tank.
"The missile hit the target in direct attack mode and destroyed it with precision. The test has validated the minimum range successfully. All the mission objectives were met. The missile has already been successfully flight tested for the maximum range," the release said.
The missile is incorporated with state-of-the-art Miniaturized Infrared Imaging Seeker along with advanced avionics. The test brings the development of indigenous third generation MPATGM close to completion.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, BDL, BEL, the Indian Air Force and the industry for the successful tests. Secretary, Department of Defence R & D and DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the teams for the successful tests.