Three Akash missiles were launched yesterday i.e. 28th May 2014 from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore, on tow body target of Lakshya (pilotless target aircraft) moving at “low altitude far boundary” and ripple mode missions. The missiles intercepted the fast moving and maneuvering small RCS targets within small interval of five seconds in ripple mode. Indian Air Force teams operated the deliverable Akash missile system including targets. The missiles were successfully guided by multifunction phased array radar developed by Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) a DRDO Lab and produced by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The missiles developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) along with 13 other DRDO Laboratories and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited. The launchers were developed by R&DE (Engrs), a DRDO lab and produced by Tata Power and L&T.
Shri Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri congratulated all the teams from DRDO, Production agencies and Indian Air Force for successfully organizing the event and fulfilling the mission objectives of the evaluation tests on deliverable equipment. He also stated that various industries across the country are engaged in production of Akash subsystems of military grade/aerospace quality systems and have emerged successfully in meeting the stringent requirements.
(Photo and text by Ministry of Defence, New Delhi)