DRDO successfully test fires AKASH MK-1S missile
Akash MK1S is a surface to air missile which can neutralize advanced aerial targets. It has a strike range of 25 km.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired AKASH-MK-1S missile from ITR , Chandipur, Odhisa on May 25 and 27 2019. Akash MK 1S is an upgraded version of existing Akash missile with indigenous technology.
Akash MK-1S is a surface to air missile which can neutralize advanced aerial targets. The Akash weapon system has combination of both command guidance and active terminal seeker guidance. Seeker and guidance performance have been consistently established in both the missions.
• This is surface to air anti-aircraft missile with a strike range of 25 km and capability to carry warhead of 60 kilogram.
• It has a launch weight of 720 kg, a diameter of 35 cm and a length of 5.78 metres.
• It can reach an altitude of 18 km and can be fired from both tracked and wheeled platforms.
• The missile is guided by a phased array fire control radar called 'Rajendra' which is termed as Battery Level Radar (BLR) with a tracking range of about 60 km.
• The Akash-MK-1S is capable of striking down enemy fighter jets and drones very effectively and accurately.
• The Akash surface-to-air missile was designed to intercept enemy aircraft and missiles from a distance of 18 to 30 km.
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Other test by DRDO this month
• Recently, the Indian Navy and the DRDO had successfully test fired from the test range a Man-Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) which has advanced features like an image infrared radar seeker with integrated avionics.
• Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired an indigenously-developed 500 kg class guided bomb on May 25, 2019 from a Sukhoi combat jet at Pokhran in Rajasthan.
• Earlier in this month, Indian Air Force (IAF) had successfully tested BrahMos air version missile from Su-30MKI fighter aircraft.
• The IAF shared information that the launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory before directly hitting the land target.
• Before that, DRDO tested flight test of ABHYAS – a high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) from test range in Chandipur, Odisha. The ABHYAS missile has been designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and it uses the indigenously developed MEMS-based navigation system.
• DRDO successfully test fired Pinaka guided missile from Pokhran range. Its weapon system is equipped with advanced navigation and control system.