The Defence Research Development Organisation on Monday successfully conducted the maiden launch of Akash-NG Missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha.

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

"The missile intercepted the target with textbook precision. The launch met all the test objectives by performing high manoeuvres during the trajectory," the DRDO said.

During the trial, the performance of the command and control system, onboard avionics and aerodynamic configuration of the missile was successfully validated. 

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