The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has tested a new version of the Akash Missile — ‘Akash Prime’ — from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha. The testing took place on Monday afternoon.
In a statement, the DRDO said that missile intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking an enemy aircraft in its maiden flight test after improvements.
“A new version of Akash Missile – ‘Akash Prime’ successfully tested from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha today. It intercepted & destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking enemy aircrafts, in its maiden flight test after improvements,” ANI said in a tweet.
The Indian Army hailed DRDO’s achievement and said that the successful flight test proved the competence of DRDO in the design and development of world class Missile systems.
G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary of the Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO also congratulated the team for the successful flight trial of the Akash Prime Missile.
“The Akash Prime system will further boost the confidence of the users as the Akash system is already inducted and now being improved with more lethal missiles.”