Next-generation surface-to-air Akash missile successfully test-fired

The test assumes significance as it came a few days after the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi gave its go-ahead to the export of Akash missile systems to friendly countries.

Published: 25th January 2021 05:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th January 2021 09:07 AM   |  A+A-

The 'Akash-Next Generation' missile being test-fired from a defence facility off Odisha coast on Monday. (Photo | Special arrangement)

Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: Achieving a major milestone in the ongoing Surface to Air Missile (SAM) programme, India on Monday successfully conducted the first test of Akash-New Generation (NG) aiming to bolster country’s air defence capabilities.The missile was launched from a mobile platform at the Launching Complex - III of the Integrated Test Range off Odisha coast at about 2.30 pm against an electronic target.

Defence sources said, the missile intercepted the target with text book precision having met all the test objectives by performing high manoeuvrs during the trajectory. Performance of the command and control system, onboard avionics and aerodynamic configuration of the missile was successfully validated during the maiden trial.Akash-NG is a new generation SAM system meant for use by Indian Air Force to intercept high manoeuvring low radar cross section aerial threats. 

This advanced variant comes with Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) multi-function radar that features all three functions - search, track and fire control in one platform. The earlier version is guided by phased array fire control radar.The missile, with canisterised launcher and much smaller ground system footprint, has been developed with better deployability compared to other similar systems. The multi function radar was tested for its capability of integration with new missile system.

The successful maiden test comes close on the heels of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that gave a go ahead to export of Akash missile systems to friendly foreign countries.DRDO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Defence (Research and Development) G Satheesh Reddy termed the Akash-NG team’s achievement as path-breaking which will pave way for completion of development of the system for engaging stealth air targets with ultra low radar observability.

The new Akash system can defend an area of at least 10 times better compared to any short range SAM and is capable of engaging up to 10 targets simultaneously. The earlier variant has a maximum range of 30 km, while Akash-NG can strike targets up to 70 km.Akash is India’s first indigenously designed, developed and produced air defence system. It also is the cheapest surface to air missile ever produced in the world with supersonic powered intercept.

The test launch was carried out by a combined team of DRDO, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in the presence of IAFofficials. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the scientists and IAF for the maiden achievement. Development of the Akash-NG was approved in September 2016 with a funding support of around Rs  500 crore.

India Matters


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp