India conducted successful test launch of surface to air missile ‘AKASH’ with indigenous radio frequency seeker on 5 December 2017. The missile was launched from Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur.
The radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along coast have tracked and monitored all the health parameters of the missile. The missile would soon be inducted into the Indian army as Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM).
This is the first Surface to Air Missile with indigenous seeker that has been test fired.
With the success, India has achieved the capability of making any type of Surface to Air Missile.
About Akash Missile
• It is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defense system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
• It is multi target, multi directional, all weather air-defence missile system consisting of surveillance and tracking radars for defending vulnerable areas against medium range air targets penetrating from low, medium and high altitudes.
• The missile system can target aircraft up to 30 km away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m.
• It has the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.
• The missile has a 60 kg (130 lb) high-explosive, pre-fragmented warhead with a proximity fuse.
• The Akash system is fully mobile and capable of protecting a moving convoy of vehicles.
• The launch platform has been integrated with both wheeled and tracked vehicles.
• The system provides air defence missile coverage for an area of 2,000 km⊃2;.