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