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Two Akash missiles test-fired in Odisha


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Balasore (Odisha): For the third time in five days, India on Monday test-fired two surface-to-air anti-aircraft Akash missiles from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near here, achieving success in one while the data of the second trial was being analysed.

“Two Akash missiles were launched from the ITR. While one test was successful, data for the other is still being analysed,” ITR Director MVKV Prasad said.

The double test-fire came after trials of the indigenous missile, with a range of 25 km and capable of carrying a warhead of 60 kg to neutralise aerial targets, on May 24 and 26.

“The flight trials were conducted in quick succession from road mobile launchers at launch pad-3 in the ITR at about 1102 hours,” defence sources said.

“Each missile was aimed at intercepting a floating object supported by a pilotless target aircraft at a definite altitude over the sea,” the sources said.

“It was a routine user trial conducted by the defence forces after completion of developmental test and induction into the defence armoury,” an official of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said.

After the launch, assesment was made with data retrived from telemetry stations and radars. Akash, an anti-aircraft defence system, could simultaneously engage several targets with ‘Rajendra’ radar developed by Electronics and Radar Development Establishment, a DRDO laboratory in Banga-lore. (PTI)



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