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New generation Akash launches into success | India News


NEW DELHI: The new generation indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile, with an intercept range of 25-30 km, and the portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM), with an attack range of 2.5 km, were successfully tested by DRDO on Wednesday.
Both missiles are still undergoing development testing, but will increase the firepower of the armed forces once they are fully operational for induction. The previous version of the Akash missiles, which can intercept hostile aircraft, helicopters, drones and subsonic cruise missiles at a distance of 25 km, has already been installed in large numbers, with orders worth around 24 billion rupees.
“The new Akash-NG weapons system, once deployed, will prove to be a force multiplier for the IAF’s air defense capability,” said a DRDO scientist. The missile was tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha at 12:45 pm.
“The flawless performance of the entire weapon system was confirmed by comprehensive flight data captured by radar, electro-optical tracking and telemetry systems. During the test, the missile demonstrated the high maneuverability necessary to neutralize fast and agile air threats, “he added.
The low weight, shoot and forget MP-ATGM also succeeded in hitting the target, which was “mimicking a tank”, in a direct attack mode and destroying it with precision. Currently, the Army has a severe shortage of ATGMs.

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