Surface-to-air missile ‘Akash’ tested with indigenous radio frequency seeker
New Delhi: Surface-to-air missile Akash was successfully test fired on Tuesday with an indigenous radio frequency seeker, an official said.
The missile was successfully launched from the Launch Complex-III at Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha around 1.40 p.m.
“The radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast have tracked and monitored all the health parameters of the missile,” said a statement.
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 statement said.
The launch operations were witnessed by the Director General (Missiles) in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, G. Satheesh Reddy; Director of Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), M.S.R. Prasad; Programme Director G. Chandra Mouli; Director Integrated Test Range (ITR) B.K. Das and other top DRDO scientists.
This missile is being inducted into Army as Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM).