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Akash test-fired for second time in 4 days

November 30, 2004 14:53 IST

Akash, the indigenously built surface-to-air-missile, was test-fired for the second time in four days on Tuesday from the integrated test range at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from Balasore in Orissa.

The multi-target missile was fired from a mobile launcher at about 1157 IST, Defence Research and Development Organisation sources said.

The missile was last test-fired from the ITR on November 26.

Akash was aimed at a target attached to Lakshya, the pilotless target aircraft, which was test-flown from the ITR about 25 minutes earlier, the sources said.

The missile, developed as part of the country's Guided Missile Development Programme, uses an Integral Ramjet Rocket Propulsion System.

With a 700-kg launch weight, Akash can carry a warhead of 60 kg. It operates in conjunction with the Rajendra
surveillance and engagement radar being developed by the Electronic Research and Development Establishment.

The radar is capable of tracking 64 targets and guide up to 12 missiles simultaneously.


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