The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested a new version of the Akash surface-to-air missile Akash Prime from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha.
- New version of the Akash missile.
- Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker for increased accuracy.
- Better reliable performance under low temperature environment at higher altitudes.
- Improved ground system of the existing Akash system.
- It is India’s first indigenously produced medium range Surface to Air missile.
- It can attack multiple targets from multiple directions.
- It can be launched from mobile platforms like battle tanks or wheeled trucks.
- The kill probability of Akash missile is 90%.
- The missile is accompanied by the indigenously developed radar called 'Rajendra'.
- The missile employs solid-fuel technology.
- It can strike targets at a speed 2.5 times more than the speed of sound.
- It has the capability to detect and destroy targets flying at low, medium and high altitudes.
- The Akash missile system has been designed and developed under the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Program (IGMDP).