Akash-NG Missile | UPSC

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Successful Maiden Test Launch of Akash-NG Missile

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MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Defence
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Defence

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AKASH-NG (NEW GENERATION) MISSILE

Akash-NG is a new generation Surface to Air Missile meant for use by Indian Air Force with an aim of intercepting high maneuvering low RCS aerial threats.

DEVELOPERS

  • DRDO conducted the successful maiden launch of Akash-NG (New Generation) Missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha on 25 January 2021.

The test launch was carried out by a combined team of DRDO, BDL & BEL in the presence of the representatives of Indian Airforce.

  • The missile intercepted the target with text book precision.
  • The launch met all the test objectives by performing high maneuvers during the trajectory.

RANGE

  • It will also increase the overall range from current 40 km to greater than 80 km.

FEATURES

  • The performance of the Command and Control system, onboard avionics and aerodynamic configuration of the missile was successfully validated during the trial.
  • During the test launch, entire flight path of the missile was monitored and the flight data was captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, EOTS and Telemetry systems .
  • The Multi Function Radar was tested for its capability of integration with the system.

  • The Akash-NG system has been developed with better deployability compared to other similar systems with canisterized launcher and much smaller ground system footprint.

BACKGROUND

  • The development of the Akash-NG (Next Generation) was approved in September 2016 with a funding of ₹470 crore.
  • Akash-NG will have an improved reaction time and higher level of protection against saturation attacks.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The Akash New Generation missile system can target aircraft up to 50-60 km away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m.
  • It has the capability to neutralize aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.
  •  It is in operational service with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.

SUGGESTED READING :  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akash_(missile)#Akash-NG 

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