Akash 'Prime' missile successfully destroys its target (WATCH)
India's Defence Research and Development Organisation has successfully test-fired a new version of the Akash surface-to-air missile from the integrated test range in Odisha's Chandipur.
The maiden flight test of the improved Akash 'Prime missile, which was conducted at 4:30 pm, met its objectives with the missile intercepting and eliminating an unmanned aerial target mimicking enemy aircraft.
Unlike the earlier version of Akash, the 'Prime' missile has an indigenous active RF seeker for improved accuracy.
Also, it is modified to ensure greater reliability under low-temperature environments at higher altitudes.
During Monday's flight test, a modified ground system of the missile was also checked.
The 'Prime' version of Akash is expected to further boost the confidence of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force which already use the Akash missile system
Congratulating DRDO, Army, IAF and Defence Public Sector Undertaking for the successful missile test, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that this demonstrates the competence of DRDO in the design and development of world-class missile systems.