DRDO tests Akash Prime missile

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  • September 28, 2021
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DRDO tests Akash Prime missile

Part of: Prelims and GS – III – Defence and Security

Context The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested a new version of the Akash surface-to-air missile Akash Prime from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha.

  • In comparison to the existing Akash System, Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker for improved accuracy. 
  • Other improvements also ensure more reliable performance under low temperature environment at higher altitudes,
  • It can intercept aerial targets mimicking enemy aircraft.

Defence Research and Development Organisation

  • DRDO works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence.
  • It is working to establish a world class science and technology base for India and provides Defence Services decisive edge by equipping them with internationally competitive systems and solutions.
  • It was established in 1958 after combining Technical Development Establishment (TDEs) of the Indian Army and the Directorate of Technical Development & Production (DTDP) with the Defence Science Organisation (DSO).
  • It is responsible for carrying out Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

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