Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Surface to Air Missile - Akash

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully test-fired the Akash surface-to-air missile from the Chandipur-on-Sea launch station. Today’s launch is one amongst the series of tests that are being carried out by the premiere defence research organisation. Akash was last tested on the 14th of this month from the same place.
While terming the test a success, senior defence officials said that the top-of-the-line missile had followed expected trajectory and hit a flying target effectively.
However, this series of tests is not the first for Akash as it had been tested earlier too, last being in January, 2007.
The 700-kilogramme Akash can track 100 targets simultaneously with onboard radar while moving at a speed of 600 metres per second. It has been designed to deliver a 55-kilogramme warhead across 27 kilometres in 50 seconds.
Akash testing gains significance as it has come days after the government announced plans to enhance India’s nuclear capability by developing missiles capable of hitting targets 6,000 kilometres away.
Moreover, Pakistan had also earlier in the month tested their nuke capable missile Ghauri that has been specifically designed to neutralise India’s Prithvi class of missiles.

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