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'Akash' successfully test-fired
'Akash', the country's surface-to-air missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on- sea here on Friday, defence sources said. The multi-target missile with a range of 25 km was test-fired at 2.30 p.m. The missile hit a "para-barrel target" showing its consistency, the sources said.
The missile had better features than its US counterpart 'Patriot' and can be launched from a battle tank, the sources said. It has thrust during its entire flight and the propulsion will work till it hits the target, they said. The 5.6 m long sleek missile has a launch weight of 700 kg and can carry 60 kg of warhead and the radar is capable of tracking 64 targets and guide upto 12 missiles simultaneously.
The army and air force, which would be deploying the missile, wanted it to demonstrate consistency during the entire flight for which the trial was conducted, the sources said. The sophisticated missile which uses an integral ramjet rocket propulsion system and has low reaction time, operates in conjunction with indigenously built rajendra surveillance and engagement radar developed by Electronic Research and Development
Establishment (ERDE), Hyderabad. 'Akash' is part of India's Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO).
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