India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested on 5 December an Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) fitted with an indigenously designed radio-frequency seeker.
Fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur against a ‘Banshee’ aerial target, the Akash is the DRDO’s first SAM to have been fitted with a locally developed seeker, according to a statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB).
“With this success India has achieved the capability of making any type of surface-to-air missile,” the PIB added in its statement.
Official sources told Jane’s that the new seeker will improve the accuracy of the 5.8 m-long Akash, which is fitted with a 55-60 kg high-explosive pre-fragmented warhead to engage multiple aerial targets such as combat aircraft and assorted missile systems up to a 25-30 km range.
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