Video Watch DRDO conducts Successful Test of Akash Prime Missile

New Delhi: The advanced version of the Akash missile was successfully test-fired from Chandipur in Odisha. The missile, named 'Akash Prime' in its maiden test flight, accurately hit an unmanned aerial target mimicking an enemy aircraft, officials said. Officially it was said that this test was done at 4.30 pm. An official said, “Aakash Prime has indigenous RF detection technology for accuracy as compared to the current Akash system. Other improvements also allow it to perform reliably in low-temperature environments at high altitudes.”

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and other stakeholders for the successful test-fire of Aakash Prime. He said that the successful test proves that DRDO is capable of developing a world-class missile system.

DRDO Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the team that tested the missile. He said that the Akash Prime system will further boost the morale of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force. According to several defence analysts, the Akash Prime is actually a re-designed Aakash Mk1S, which has been tested five times by the Indian Army.

Aakash Prime is capable of hitting its target more accurately. According to some reports, Akash Prime has many additional features for the launch system along with radar and tracking to deal with extreme climatic conditions at high altitudes.

Aakash Prime will feature batteries operating at -20°C to 60°C, which makes them practical for use in cold weather conditions where the air defence system is deployed in hostile climates for long periods of time. Generally, the winters in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have average daily minimum temperatures in some high altitude areas.

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