Balasore (Odisha): India today successfully test fired its indigenously developed surface-to-air ‘Akash’ missile of Air Force version from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near here, the fifth trial of the anti-aircraft system in the last fortnight.
“The Air Force version of Akash missile was test-fired from the ITR. The trial was successful and met all the mission objectives,” a senior defence official said.
The anti-aircraft missile, with a strike range of 25 km and capable of carrying warhead of 60 kg, was test fired from a mobile launcher at launch complex-III of the ITR.
The Akash weapon system, which has its Army version too, was inducted into the armed forces in 2008.
Today’s test-fire came after similar trials conducted from the same test range on May 24, 26, 28 and June 1.
On June 1, two Air force version of Akash missiles had been test fired successfully in quick succession, the official said.
Defence experts have often compared Akash missile system with the American MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system.
They claim that similar to the MIM-104, the Akash is capable of neutralising aerial targets such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles.