In a bid to test the capabilities of the indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile, the Indian Air Force on Tuesday tested it on an electronic target.
It was tested from Launching Complex – III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Odisha coast. During the test, its whole flight was tracked and guided by the electro-optical tracking system which was also developed indigenously.
As per reports, the test was done to validate its capabilities as it will soon be deployed in bordering areas near China.
India has also offered the system to Vietnam as part of the Act East Policy.
The Akash is a mid-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system being built by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Its primary users are the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.
The Akash SAM is capable of engaging targets like drones, helicopters, missiles and aircraft at a range of 40km (Approx).