The Indian Army is now all set to receive the new sets of the Akash Surface to Air Missile defense system. The system will have enhanced capabilities.
Earlier the Army favored Israel’s quick-reaction surface-to-air missiles (QR-SAMs) but now they are moving ahead with the indigenous Akash SAM system.
The Ministry of Defence has also sanctioned $2.8 billion for the acquisition of two regiments of the Akash missile systems and one regiment comprises of 240/288 launchers and 625/750 missiles.
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 Army. It can engage targets like drones, helicopters, missiles and aircraft at a range of 40km (Approx).