‘Akash’ missile shield to guard Indian sky


New Delhi: Adding more power to its armour, Akash missile system, a formidable shield against possible aerial threats was inducted into the Indian Army on Tuesday. The indigenous system has the potential to prevent aerial threats from enemy’s fighter planes, helicopters, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles up to a maximum range of 25 km and upto an altitude of 20 km.

The system has been inducted into the Indian Army after a long wait of 32 years. It is a surface-to-air short ranged defence system developed by the Defence Research Development Laboratory. It can evaluate and track danger and is capable of launching missile on the basis of information obtained by the radar systems.

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Currently two regiments of Akash weapon systems are being looked at. The first production model, which is the first fire unit will be inducted on Tuesday and the balance will get inducted in a period of 2-3 years.