Indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash Missile inducted in IAF [ Current News (Concise) ]
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inducted the Akash missile at a function held at Maharajpur Airbase in Gwalior after Parrikar ji handed over the symbolic key of Akash defence system (ADS) to Air chief Marshal Arup Raha.
- Indigenously developed supersonic surface-to-air Akash Missile has been inducted in Indian Air Force (IAF). Earlier, Akash missile already has been included in Indian Army. It was inducted in Army in May 2015.
- Indigenously developed by the partnership between DRDO and Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) as part of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) of 1980’s.
- It is a potent supersonic mobile multi-target point, multi-directional missile, capable to engage multiple air targets simultaneously using sophisticated multi-function phased array radars.
- Feature of Akash missile, Manufactured using 92 % of indigenous machinery and can be transported anywhere via road, water or air transport.
- Akash missile can destroy aerial target up to 30 km away at altitudes up to 18,000 m. It has supersonic speed i.e. it is three times faster than that of sound and capable to carry conventional warhead of 60 kg.
- Eight squadrons of ADS will be inducted in IAF as per the contract in initially. Each squadron will have 2 firing units and 4 launchers. Each launcher has a capacity to 3 three missiles in quick succession.
- Published on: July 14, 2015