What is the News?
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested a new version of Akash missile named Akash Prime.
What is Akash Prime?
Akash Prime is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) system developed by the DRDO and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
It was developed to replace the Russian 2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful) missile system, currently in service.
The missile is equipped with a homegrown Radio Frequency seeker which imparts an improved accuracy while intercepting targets in various conditions.
The missile will further boost the confidence of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.
Note: DRDO has recently also tested the Akash-NG missile. Both Akash Prime and Akash NG are variants of the Akash Missile. Akash Missile is India’s first indigenously produced medium-range Surface to Air missile.
Source: This post is based on the following articles
- “DRDO tests Akash Prime missile” published in The Hindu on 28th Sep 2021.
- “Successful Maiden Flight Test of Akash Prime Missile” published in PIB on 27th Sep 2021.