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India tests Akash missile

January 13, 2004 14:33 IST

India on Tuesday tested its surface-to-air missile Akash from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea, about 13 km from Balasore.

The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher at 1152 IST, defence sources said.

The indigenously built multi-target missile can carry a 50kg payload.

The 650kg Akash has a range of 25km and is one of the five missiles currently under various stages of development at the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

The missile uses ramjet propulsion system and is powered by an air-breathing engine.

Its surveillance radar Rajendra, developed indigenously, can simultaneously keep track of 64 aircraft within a range of 40 to 60km, the sources said.

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