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India test-fires surface-to-air Akash missile

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 13, IRNA -- India Tuesday test-fired its medium range 
surface-to-air missile Akash from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at 
Chandipur-on-sea, about 13 km from Balasore, in the Eastern Indian 
state of Orissa. 
According to press trust of India, the missile was test-fired from
a mobile launcher at 11.52 a.m (local time), defence sources said. 
India`s indigenously bulit sophisticated multi-target missile, 
which has the capability to carry a 50 kg payload and hit a moving 
The 650 kg missile has a range of 25 km and is one of the five 
missiles currently under various stages of development at the Defence 
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). 
The missile uses ramjet propulsion system and is powered by an air
breathing engine. 
Its surveillance radar-Rajendra-- was also developed indigenously 
and could simultaneously keep track of 64 aircraft within a range of 
40 to 60 km, the sources said. 

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