IAF successfully testfires 10 Akash missiles to hit enemy targets 


The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday carried out 10 testfirings of the home-grown Akash air defence missiles at the Suryalanka test range to validate different scenarios to shoot down enemy aircraft that may violate the Indian air space during conflicts.

The indigenous Akash missile is deployed on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh as part of Indian deployment to thwart any aerial attacks from the adversary. (Photo: Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday carried out 10 testfirings of the home-grown Akash air defence missiles at the Suryalanka test range to validate different scenarios to shoot down enemy aircraft that may violate the Indian air space during conflicts.

“Around 10 Akash missiles were fired by the Air Force at the Suryalanka test range and most of them secured direct hits against the target simulating as enemy aircraft,” top government sources told India Today TV.

The indigenous Akash missile is deployed on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh as part of Indian deployment to thwart any aerial attacks from the adversary. The testfirings conducted at the Suryalanka testfiring range in Andhra Pradesh last week were highly successful as a majority of the Akash missiles fired at the targets scored direct hits.

IAF tested the Akash missiles and the Igla shoulder-fired air defence missiles during the exercise. Interestingly, both these systems are at present deployed along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh and other sectors for taking out any enemy aircraft trying to violate the Indian air space. The Akash, sources said, is one of the most successful indigenous weapon systems and would be fulfilling the desire of the defence forces to fight wars with indigenous weapons.

The missile was recently upgraded and is being equipped with a seeker which will help it to take down targets with greater ease than before. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been working on the Akash Prime Missile System which will make it capable of engaging with targets at very high altitude locations too.

The DRDO also has made modifications to make the system more effective during the ongoing conflict, where the Chinese are deploying their so-called stealth planes like the J-20 fifth-generation fighters. Due to the integration of the missile system with other systems, the stealth features of the missile have gone up significantly and can surprise enemy fighter jets equipped with anti-radiation missiles.



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