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Indigenous surface-to-air missile Akash test-fired

Indigenous surface-to-air missile Akash test-fired
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The missile targeted a floating object supported by Pilotless Target Aircraft ‘Lakshya’.

‘Lakshya was sent at 11.31 am before Akash test fired from the launch complex-3 at 11.42 am,’ a defence official said, adding, ‘Some more trials would be conducted within the next few days.

‘During the trial, the missile aimed at intercepting a floating object supported by a pilotless target aircraft, flown from launch complex-II, at a definite altitude over the sea,’ he said.

Akash is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

It has a strike range of 25 km and can carry a warhead of 60 kg. It has the capability to target aircraft at a distance of up to 30 km and is packed with battery that can track and attack several targets simultaneously, he said.
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