Stage Set for User Trials of Akash Missile from Today

Published: 28th January 2016 05:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th January 2016 05:52 AM   |  A+A-

BALASORE: A series of user trials of surface-to-air supersonic Akash missile system will be carried out from a defence test facility off the  Odisha coast from Thursday. Reliable sources said, the tests will be conducted  from launching complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR)  in Chandipur, about 15 km from  here. The indigenously developed missile air defence system has been produced by Bharat Electronics Ltd.  “A couple of tests has been planned on Thursday and Friday. The tests assume significance  as those would be first in the series after the  induction of the missile in the armed forces - Army and Air Force,” said a  defence official.

Akash is a mobile, multiple-  target handling and medium range air defence missile developed under Integrated  Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP)  of the Defence Research and Development Organisation  (DRDO). After years of rejection,  allegedly for faults in the missile system, the Army had  agreed to accept the modified version of the missile,  which was formally inducted in the Army on May 5 last  year. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had handed over the missile to the Air Force on July 10.  Along with 13 DRDO laboratories, 19 public sector  units, five ordinance factories, three national laboratories and six academic institutions,  Defence Research and Development Laboratory  (DRDL) successfully partnered with more than 265 private industries across the country to produce Akash.    


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