India test fires Akash missile

Surface-to-air missile tested for third time in five days

BALASORE, Odisha – For the third time in a span of five days, India ‘successfully’ test-fired the ‘indigenously developed’ surface-to-air Akash missile from the integrated test range at Chandipur here, the Press Trust of India news service reported on Saturday.


“Today's test fire of Akash was successful like trials of surface-to-air missile conducted on February 22 and 24,” the news agency quoted a defence official as saying. Indian defence official Ravi Kumar Gupta said that these tests were part of a series to equip two regiments of the Indian Army.


The news service reported that the Akash was India's first indigenously-designed, developed and produced air defence system capable of engaging aerial threats up to a distance of approximately 25km. The multi-target and multi-directional air-defence system consisting of surveillance and tracking radars was designed to enable integration with other air defence command and control networks through secured communication links, it said.

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