DRDO Successfully Test Fires AKASH MK-1S Missile (Download PDF)

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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired AKASH-MK-1S missile from ITR, Chandipur, Odhisa. Akash MK1S is a surface to air missile which can neutralize advanced aerial targets. It has a strike range of 25 km. Akash MK 1S is an upgraded version of existing Akash missile with indigenous technology.

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Test Overview & Features of AKASH-MK-1S Missile

  • The Akash weapon system has combination of both command guidance and active terminal seeker guidance. Seeker and guidance performance have been consistently established in both the missions.

    • This is surface to air anti-aircraft missile with a strike range of 25 km and capability to carry warhead of 60 kilogram.

    • It has a launch weight of 720 kg, a diameter of 35 cm and a length of 5.78 metres.

    • It can reach an altitude of 18 km and can be fired from both tracked and wheeled platforms.

  • The missile is guided by a phased array fire control radar called ‘Rajendra’ which is termed as Battery Level Radar (BLR) with a tracking range of about 60 km.

  • The Akash-MK-1S is capable of striking down enemy fighter jets and drones very effectively and accurately.

  • The Akash surface-to-air missile was designed to intercept enemy aircraft and missiles from a distance of 18 to 30 km.

  • Missile system uses: high-energy solid propellant for booster and ramjet-rocket propulsion for sustainer phase thus is said to be highly mobile.

  • Variants: include Akash MK1, Akash-MK2. They have improved accuracy and higher ranges are under development by the DRDO.

About Akash Missile

  • The Akash missile is a medium range multi-target engagement capable missile that was developed as part of Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

  • Other missiles under IGDMP are Nag, Agni, Trishul, and Prithvi missiles.

  • The missile system was formally inducted into the Army on May 2015 and in the IAF on July 2015.

  • Later in September 2015 the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared seven additional squadrons of the Akash missile for IAF.

  • After a 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report stated that 30 % of these missiles failed when tested and in 2017 itself the Army too agreed that missiles d

- Published/Last Modified on: August 29, 2019

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