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DRDO tests Akash missile system; second launch in three days

Jul 23, 2021, 4:56 PM IST

Defence Research and Development Organisation on Friday conducted a successful flight-test of New Generation Akash (Akash-NG) missile from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha, validating the functioning of the complete weapon system.

The system consists of the missile with an indigenously developed RF seeker, launcher, multi-function radar and command, control and communication system. The missile was also launched two days back, but that was without a seeker.

"The test was carried out amidst inclement weather conditions proving the all-weather capability of the weapon system," the DRDO said, adding that the missile was tested against a high-speed unmanned aerial target which was successfully intercepted. 

On the occasion, a team of Indian Air Force Officers was also present. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, Indian Air Force and the Industry on the second successful flight test of Akash-NG in a span of three days. He said the development of this state-of-the-art missile system will prove to be a force multiplier for the air defence capabilities of the Indian Air Force.

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