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New Delhi : The Surface to Air Missile ‘Akash’ with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target ‘Banshee’ was successfully launched from the Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur, Odisha, on December 5, 2017, at 1.38 pm.

The Radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast have tracked and monitored the missile. The launch operations were witnessed by Director General (Missiles), DRDO, and Scientific Adviser (SA) to Defence Minister G Satheesh Reddy, Director DRDL, i MSR Prasad,  Programme Director G Chandra Mouli,  Director ITR B K Das  and other top DRDO scientists. Reddy congratulated all the DRDO scientists and Armed Forces for this success.

This missile is being inducted into Army as Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM). This is the first Surface to Air Missile with indigenous seeker that has been test fired. With this success, India has achieved the capability of making any type of Surface to Air Missile, according to aPIB release.

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