New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A new version of Akash Missile – ‘Akash Prime’ was successfully tested from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha on Monday. It intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking enemy aircrafts, in its maiden flight test after improvements. 

A video of the same was posted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). 

Akash Prime is equipped with a homegrown RF seeker which provides an improved accuracy while intercepting targets in various weather conditions. It also has the same level of accuracy under a low-temperature environment in high altitude operational areas such as the northern and northeastern frontiers.

"Modified ground system of the existing Akash weapon system has been used for the current flight test. The range stations of ITR comprising of Radars, EOTS and Telemetry stations monitored the missile trajectory and flight parameters," the DRDO said in a statement.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the defence forces for the successful flight trial of the missile. Rajnath Singh said that a successful test of the missile proves the competence of the DRDO in the development, design and production of world-class missile systems.

Meanwhile. Reddy said that the latest version of the missile will further boost the confidence of the three armed forces - the Indian Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force (IAF). He added that the feat is significant as it marks a step ahead in India's much-focused Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission, which lays a special emphasis on self-reliance in defence.

On July 23, 2021, the New Generation (NG) version of the surface-to-air Akash missile was test-fired off Odisha coast. The new variant of the Akash missile (Akash-NG) has a striking range of 70 km. The medium-range missile is capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The Akash-NG was first tested on January 25, 2021. It was tested for second time on March 23. The third test was conducted on July 21.

(With inputs from agencies)

Posted By: Sugandha Jha