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All about Akash Prime Missile successfully test fired by DRDO: Range, speed, benefits to IAF & Indian Army

Tulika Tandon

Defence Research and Development Organization, DRDO recently successfully test fired the newest version of Akash Surface to Air missile on September 27, 2021 around 4:30 pm.  Akash Prime is a better version of Akash missile. The missile tests were performed from Chandipur test range in Odisha. It was its maiden flight test after the improvements suggested were made. In the maiden flight test the missile intercepted and destroyed an unarmed aerial target mimicking enemy aircraft. 

DRDO released a statement which said, “In comparison to the existing Akash System, Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker for improved accuracy. Other improvements also ensure more reliable performance under low temperature environments at higher altitudes."

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) and industry for the successful trials of Akash Prime Missile. Take a look at the video of the Akash Prime Missile being test fired from Chandipur. The video was released by DRDO on it's Twitter account.

DRDO today conducts Successful Maiden Flight Test of Akash Prime Missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha.

— DRDO (@DRDO_India) September 27, 2021

Akash Prime better version of Akash?

The earlier version of Akash had an operational range of 27-30 km and the flight altitude of 18 km. This is similar in the Akash Prime as well.  Indian Air Force and the Indian Army was asked about the review and feedback of the missile for the deployment of the system to provide air defence cover for vital high altitude regions in sensitive areas.    

As per the official information, Akash Prime missile is equipped with indigenous active RF seeker which would give it an improved accuracy. It would also ensure that the target at which the missile is fired is hit by it. 

Other improvements incorporated in Akash Prime include reliable performance under a low-temperature environment at higher altitudes.

The Akash SAM was developed to replace the Russian 2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful) missile system which happens to be currently in service. The Akash SAM, utilizes an integrated ramjet-rocket propulsion system like the Russian 2K12 Kub, which, after initial rocket motor burnout, provides sustained thrust for the missile throughout its flight until interception.

About Akash Missile:

Akash is a surface to air medium range missile developed by DRDO and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited. The missile has a target range of 50-80 km at altitudes of 18000 metres. It can neutralise fighter jets, cruise missiles and air to surface or ballistic missiles as well. It is used by the Indian army and air force. 

The Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and other stakeholders on the successful trial of the Akash prime missile

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