India test fires 'Akash Missile'
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, Dec 7, IRNA
Akash, India's surface-to-air missile was test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Orissa, Wednesday, defense sources announced.
Aiming a moving target, the missile was fired from a mobile launcher as the exercise was supported by a Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA), the sources said.
The missile was fired at around 1:40 p.m.
The 5.6 meter missile, with a striking range of 25 km, has the ability to carry a 60-kilogram warhead.
Weighing about 700 kilograms, the sophisticated missile used an integral ramjet rocket propulsion system and has a low reaction time.
It operated in conjunction with the indigenously built Rajendra surveillance and engagement radar developed by the Hyderabad-based Electronic Research and Development Establishment (ERDE).
Akash, like the radar, is capable of tracking 64 targets and guide up to 12 missiles simultaneously.
Akash is part of India's ambitious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and developed by the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO).
Akash was earlier test-fired on December 3 and twice on October 3, 2005 in a span of 10 minutes.
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