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New Delhi : Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)  conducted the successful maiden launch of Akash-NG (New Generation) Missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha on 25 January 25, 2021. Akash-NG is a new generation Surface to Air Missile meant for use by Indian Air Force (IAF) with an aim of intercepting high maneuvering low RCS aerial threats.

The missile intercepted the target with text-book precision. The launch met all the test objectives by performing high maneuvers during the trajectory. The performance of the Command and Control system, onboard avionics, and aerodynamic configuration of the missile was successfully validated during the trial.  During the test launch, entire flight path of the missile was monitored and the flight data was captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, Electro Optical Tracking System (EOTS), and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur, Odisha. The Multi Function Radar was tested for its capability of integration with the system, according to a PIB release.

The Akash-NG system has been developed with better deployability compared to other similar systems with canisterised launcher and much smaller ground system footprint. The test launch was carried out by a combined team of DRDO, BDL & BEL in the presence of the representatives of Indian Air Force.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the scientists from DRDO, BEL, and team from Indian Air Force for this achievement. Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr  G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the team for the successful flight trial of Akash NG Missile.