India with successful fire test of Akash surface to air missile has achieved the capability to develop domestically radio frequency seeker that will improve the missile’s range and accuracy. The ministry of defence confirmed it in the statement after the successful trial of Akash on 5th December. This missile has been developed at a cost of $7 million approximately.
On Tuesday, Indian defence scientists in a demonstration of the indigenous capability of the country successfully fired surface to air missile Akash. The successful launching of Akash, now DRDO(Defence Research and Development Organization) can claim to develop any type of surface to air missile. Akash was tested through unmanned Banshee aircraft.
DRDO release a statement stating that “This is the first surface to air missile with indigenous seeker that has been test fired. With this success, India has achieved the capability of making any type of Surface to Air Missile.” The missile Akash will be inducted into defence system as SRSAM(Short Range Surface to Air Missile).
The official statement reads as, “The surface to air missile Akash with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target Banshee has been successfully launched from the Launch Complex-III at Integrates Test Range.”
Defence Research and Development Organization conducted the test of the missile which was developed in the institution DRDO. It was tested in the cooperation with the Ordnance Factories Board, Bharat Electronics, and Bharat Dynamics Limited.
The missile with 5.8 meters in length and 720 kgs weight is able to fly at a supersonic speed of nearly 2.5 Mach on reaching at an altitude of 18 kilometers. Akash is capable to engage a target threat to the distance of 30 kilometers.
The defence ministry was about to hold a competition of short range surface to air missile system but canceled it in favor of the Akash missile system. And now, Akash missile has two squadrons that are currently in operation in the IAF.
For this tender, three companies Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence System, Swedish Saab, and Russia’s Rosonboronexport were competing. The Defence Ministry of India allocated $ 2.8 billion for the purchase of two regiments of the Akash missile system for the Indian Army. A regiment is equal to 240/288 launchers and 625/750 missiles.