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Akash Surface-To-Air Missile Defence System

Akash Surface-To-Air Missile Defence System:

India has effectively showcased the capabilities of its indigenous Akash surface-to-air (SAM) weapon system as part of its plans to export these systems.

  • In the recent Exercise Astrashakti 2023, a single unit of the Akash weapon system successfully engaged and obliterated four unmanned targets simultaneously.
  • This demonstration established India as the first country to exhibit the ability to engage four targets at such distances simultaneously using command guidance from a single firing unit.
  • Akash Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Defence System is a Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SRSAM) Defence System to protect vulnerable areas and points from air attacks.
  • It was indigenously designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It can simultaneously engage multiple targets and destroy manoeuvring targets, including unmanned aerial vehicles, fighter aircraft, cruise missiles, and missiles launched from helicopters.
  • It has built-in Electronic Counter-Counter Measures (ECCM) features.
  • The entire weapon system has been configured to be launched from static or mobile platforms such as battle tanks and wheeled trucks, providing flexible deployment.
  • It is road and rail transportable, with quick mobilisation and deployment capabilities.
  • It can engage aerial targets up to a range of approximately 25 km.
  • Altitude of Operation: 100 m up to 20 km
  • Weight: 710 kg