India Test-Fires Akash Missile
Balasore, Nov. 30 (NNN): Within hours of Pakistan successfully test-fired indigenously developed short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Hatf-III, Ghaznavi, India too test-fired Akash, the indigenously built surface-to-air-missile from the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea.
Test-fired for the second time in four days, the multi-target missile was fired from a mobile launcher at about 11.57 am (IST), DRDO sources said.
The missile was last test-fired from the ITR on November 26.
Akash was aimed at a target attached to Lakshya, the pilotless target aircraft which was test-flown from the ITR about 25 minutes earlier.
The missile, which has a range of 27 km, uses an integral ramjet rocket propulsion system and has a low reaction time.
With a 700 kg launch weight, Akash can carry a warhead of 60 kg and operates in conjunction with the Rajendra surveillance and engagement radar being developed by the Electronic Research and Development Establishment.
The radar is capable of tracking 64 targets and guide upto 12 missiles simultaneously.
The missile, part of the country's Guided Missile Development Programme, is being developed by the DRDO and had undergone a number of trials.
Earlier Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired indigenously developed short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Hatf-III, Ghaznavi. This was the third test of Ghaznavi missile which like other available Pakistan's missiles, is capable of carrying nuclear and other types of warheads to a range of 290 kilometres.
The test was a part of a series of tests planned to be conducted in order to verify certain parameters and to further refine different sub-systems of the missile, a press release said.
The flight data collected indicates that all design parameters had been successfully validated, it said. Neighbouring countries had been informed prior to carrying out the test, it added.