Once deployed, the missile system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Air Force

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight-test of New Generation Akash (Akash-NG) missile on Friday.

This was the second successful flight test of the Akash-NG N surface-to-air missile in three days and it has has validated the functioning of the complete weapon system.

The test was carried out against a high-speed unmanned aerial target which was successfully intercepted by the missile.

The Akash-NG system was test fired from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha amid inclement weather proving the all-weather capability of the weapon system.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the complete weapon system consists of the missile with indigenously developed RF Seeker, Launcher, Multi-Function Radar and Command, Control & Communication system.

The system performance was validated through the data captured by a number of Radar, Telemetry and Electro Optical Tracking systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur. A team of Indian Air Force Officers witnessed the test.

The missile was earlier successfully flight-tested on Wednesday, without seeker, meeting all the mission requirements.

The first trial had tested all weapon system elements such as Multifunction Radar, Command, Control and Communication System and launcher participating in deployment configuration.

Congratulating the DRDO, the Indian Air Force and the industry, Defence Ministee Rajnath Singh said the development of this state-of-the-art missile system will prove to be a force multiplier for air defence capabilities of Indian Air Force.

The missile system has been developed by Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories.