Akash inducted

The Army recently inducted the supersonic surface-to-air missile Akash, capable of targeting aerial threats up to a range of 25 km.

Akash Missile:

It is a medium range Surface to Air missile. It is India’s first indigenously designed, developed and produced air defence system missile.

  • The missile system can target aircraft up to 25 km away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m.
  • A nuclear warhead could potentially give the missile the capability to destroy both aircraft and warheads from ballistic missiles.
  • It can be used by both Army and Air Force.
  • The Akash system is fully mobile and capable of protecting a moving convoy of vehicles.
  • The system provides air defence missile coverage for an area of 2,000 km².
  • Akash flies at supersonic speed, reaching around Mach 2.5.
  • A self-destruct device is also integrated. It is propelled by an Integrated Ramjet Rocket Engine.
  • The use of a ramjet propulsion system enables sustained speeds without deceleration throughout its flight.
  • The Missile has command guidance in its entire flight.
  • Akash missiles are designed to be launched from static or mobile platforms, including battle tanks and wheeled trucks, providing flexible deployment.
  • It can handle multiple targets and destroy manoeuvring targets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, fighter aircraft, cruise missiles and missiles launched from helicopters.
  • It is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Sources: The Hindu, PIB, ET.


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