Indian Army to get Indigenous Akash Missile for $2.7 Bn
Indian Defence News: Akash is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defence developed by the Defence Reseach and Development Organisation(DRDO). The Government of India has approved a significant deal worth $2.7 billion for buying upgraded Akash missile systems for the Indian Army developed by the state-owned DRDO.
New Delhi – Earlier month Government has made its intention clear when Defense Acquisition Council, the apex defence procurement body, preferred the indigenous missile system over a foreign-made one which is in line with the country’s strategy of Make in India program. The Akash missile is an indigenously developed supersonic short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) system with multi-target engagement capability. It uses high-energy solid propellant for the booster and ram-rocket propulsion for the sustainer phase, which is expected to be deployed in the western and northern border area of India.
The supersonic Akash Missile is capable of engaging aerial threats like aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles up to a maximum range of 25 km and up to an altitude of 20 km which is purely based on its inbuilt radar and control systems to reach to its target accurately.
Previously, Indian Army had inducted two regiments of Akash missile system in 2015 but then there were issues identified related to some deficiency for deployment at forward posts, however, this time around DRDO has taken the measures and has agreed to upgrade the system based on the requirement from the Army.
The Indian Army has planned six regiments along the borders with China and Pakistan. It is very important to understand that Akash has 96% indigenous content which makes it truly a Make-in-India component.