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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

India test-fires `Akash' missile

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 30, IRNA
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Akash, India' s surface-to-air missile, was today test-fired from the Interim Test Range (ITR), 15 kilometers from Balasore, Orissa, defence sources said.

The sleek 5.6-meter missile, with a range of 25km, was fired from a mobile launcher at 12:10 hours Indian Standard Time (IST) targeting a moving object attached to a Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA), PTI reported here, quoting sources.

Akash was test-fired twice in succession on Saturday from a mobile launcher at the ITR within a gap of five minutes.

Akash is being developed as part of the country's guided missile development program by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

The 700-kg sophisticated missile, which can carry a warhead of 60kg, uses an integral ramjet propulsion system and has low reaction time, the sources said.

It can handle multiple targets with its command and guidance system.

It operated in conjunction with the indegenously built Rajendra sureveillance and engagement radar developed by the Hyderabad-based Electronic Research and Development Establishment.

The radar is capable of tracking 64 targets and guides up to 12 missiles simultaneously, the sources added.

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