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Akash test fired successfully for the second time in three days
January 20, 2003 15:19 IST
For the second time in three days, India on Monday successfully test fired the medium range surface-to-air missile Akash from the Interim Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from Balasore (Orissa), defence sources said.
The indigenously-built sophisticated multi-target missile was test fired from a mobile launcher at 1225 IST in bright
sunny weather, the sources said.
The 650kg missile, with a range of 25km and capable of carrying a 50kg payload, is one of the five missiles under various stages of development at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
A defence scientist said that a few more trials were necessary to gauge the more than 100 parameters of the missile system.
The missile would be ready for induction in the defence forces by 2003-end, he said.
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