DRDO successfully flight-tests surface-to-air missile Akash-NG

Source: PIB 

What is the News?

Defence Research & Development Organisation(DRDO) has successfully flight-tested the New Generation Akash Missile(Akash-NG).

About Akash-NG:
  • Akash-NG is a New Generation Surface-to-Air Missile. It is developed by Defence Research & Development Laboratory(DRDL), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories.
  • Purpose: The Missile is capable of intercepting high manoeuvring low radar cross-section aerial targets.
Key Features of Akash NG Missile:
  • Rocket Motor: Akash-NG uses a two-pulse solid rocket motor that replaces the old ramjet on the legacy Akash missile.
    • The new motor not just reaches out to 30 kilometres (km), but also generates a high terminal velocity to strike even the fastest and most agile enemy fighters.
  • Lighter Weight: The weight of the rocket has been brought down from 700 kg to 350 kg. This not just increases range, but also lets the vehicle carry more missiles.
  • New Seeker Head: Akash-NG has a new seeker head. The seeker locks onto the enemy aircraft and continuously guides the missile to impact the target.
    • Akash-NG detects enemy fighters at ranges out to 80 km and initiates the launch sequ­ence.
    • By the time the enemy aircraft is 50 km away, the Akash-NG’s computers have calculated the launch trajectory and impact point and launched the missile.
    • In just over a minute, the missile blazes its way to the impact point 30 km away and destroys the target.
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