Surface to Air Missile AKASH

  • The Surface to Air Missile AKASH with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target Banshee, has been successfully launched from the Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur at 1338 hrs on Dec 5, 2017. 
  • The Radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast have tracked and monitored all the health parameters of the missile.
  • This missile is being inducted into 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 this success, India has achieved the capability of making any type of Surface to Air Missile.

More About AKASH Missile:

  • Akash (Sanskrit for Akasa “Sky”) is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defense system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for Missile Systems and Bharat Electronics (BEL) for other radars, control centers in India.
  • 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.
  • It is in operational service with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.


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