Government clears over Rs 5,000 crore Akash missile project for Air Force

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News:Government has cleared the procurement of six squadrons of the indigenous Akash air defence missile.

Facts:

Akash missile:

  • The Akash is a medium range Surface-to-air missile with multi-target engagement capability.
  • The missile is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The missile has a strike range of 25 km.It can reach an altitude of 18 km and can be fired from both tracked and wheeled platforms.
  • The missile is capable of neutralizing advanced aerial targets and in striking down enemy fighter jets and drones effectively.
  • The missile was developed as part of the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

Additional information:

About IGMDP

  • The Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) was conceived by Dr. APJ. Abdul Kalam to enable India attain self-sufficiency in the field of missile technology. 
  • The missiles developed under this programme include (a)Agni (b)Akash, (c)Trishul (d)Prithvi and (e)Nag.