The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out a flight test of the New Generation AKASH (AKASH-NG) missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on 12 January. The test specifically targeted a high-speed unmanned aerial vehicle flying at a very low altitude. The weapon system effectively intercepted and destroyed the target during the flight test. This accomplishment validates the operational efficiency of the entire weapon system, including the missile equipped with an indigenously developed Radio Frequency Seeker, Launcher, Multi-Function Radar, and Command, Control & Communication system.
The integrity of the system’s performance was confirmed by analysing data collected by various Radars, Telemetry, and Electro-Optical Tracking Systems strategically positioned by ITR, Chandipur. The senior officials from DRDO, Indian Air Force (IAF), Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) observed the flight test. The AKASH-NG system, an advanced missile system capable of intercepting swift and agile aerial threats, demonstrated its prowess successfully. This accomplishment in the flight test has set the stage for upcoming User trials.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has complimented the DRDO, IAF, PSUs and the industry for the flight test. “The successful development of the system will further enhance the country’s air defence capabilities,” he said.
The Akash missile, a Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) product, has been in operational service for over a decade in the Indian Air Force and Indian Army. The Akash weapon system has secured orders from international customers, highlighting its global appeal. Ongoing upgrades, led by dedicated DRDO scientists, further enhance its capabilities, making it a potential choice for additional orders from Southeast Asia and the Middle East.