Vikash Sharma

Adding another feather to its cap, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday conducted a successful flight-test of the New Generation AKASH (AKASH-NG) missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

The flight-test was conducted against a high-speed unmanned aerial target at a very low altitude. The target was successfully intercepted by the weapon system and destroyed.

It has validated the functioning of the complete weapon system consisting of the missile with indigenously developed Radio Frequency Seeker, Launcher, Multi-Function Radar, and Command, Control & Communication system, PIB said in a report.

The AKASH-NG system is a state-of-the-art missile system capable of intercepting high-speed, agile aerial threats.

The successful flight test has paved the way for User trials. The system performance was also validated through the data captured by a number of Radars, Telemetry, and Electro-Optical Tracking Systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur.

The flight test was witnessed by senior officials from DRDO, Indian Air Force (IAF), Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), the report added.