Akash missile test-fired

February 27, 2014 - 1:23:04 am
Bhubaneswar: India yesterday successfully test-fired its Akash medium-range surface-to-air missile from a defence base in Odisha, for the third time in less than a week, officials said. The indigenously-developed missile, with a 27-km range and an effective ceiling of 15km, was test-fired from the Integrated Test Range of Chandipur in the coastal district of Balasore, 230km from Bhubaneswar

All three tests were conducted for the army by scientists of state-run missile system manufacturer Bharat Dynamic Limited, and defence electronics company Bharat Electronics. “The test was successful,” test range director MVKV Prasad said.

The 700-kg all-weather missile can carry a 60-kg warhead at speeds of up to Mach 2.5. It can operate autonomously and simultaneously engage and neutralise different aerial targets.