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Akash Prime Surface to Air missile

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    5th Oct, 2021

Context

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully tested a new version of Akash Surface to Air missile Akash Prime from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha.

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About Akash Prime (New Generation)

  • The Akash Prime is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.
  • Developed by:DRDO
  • Produced by:Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL)
  • Operational range:27-30 km
  • Flight altitude: around 18 km
  • The new version is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker for improved accuracy, as compared to the existing Akash System.
  • It is a more reliable performer under a low-temperature environment at higher altitudes. 

About Akash missile

  • The development of the Akash SAM was started by the DRDO in the late 1980s which is a part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. 
  • Akash is primarily a Short Range Surface to Air Missile 
  • This is built to provide air defense cover to the vulnerable areas. 
  • AKASH Weapon System can engage Multiple Targets in Group Mode or Autonomous Mode. 
  • It is a medium range nuclear capable supersonic missile. 
  • The missile system can target aircraft up to 30 km away or at altitudes up to 18,000 mts. 
  • It is in operational service with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.
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