For a second time in a span of four days, Indian Army successfully test-fired the medium range, surface-to-air missile, Akash, from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha on Monday, 24th Feb 2014.
It engaged and destroyed a receding flying target at a distance of 19 km. The target was a tow body and supported by pilotless aircraft Lakshya. The missile was test-fired as part of pre-induction trials by the Army. According to DRDO, the mission went off fantastically as planned.
The DRDO officials called the Akash project “a great success story because it is going to be inducted in large numbers in the Army and the Air Force.” The Army and the Indian Air Force have already placed orders for Rs. 23,000 crore for the defence system.
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