Saturday, April 26, 2014

IAF Variant Of India's Akash SAM Testfired

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DRDO statement just in, with this photo of the latest Akash SAM IAF variant tests: Two Akash missiles from the production lot of the Air Force version were testfired in two separated tests in modes on Saturday the 26th April 2014, successfully intercepting the fast moving incoming and receding maneuvering targets respectively, towed by Lakshya pilot less target aircraft. The complete Akash missile system including target system were operated by Indian Air Force personnel exploiting the overall capabilities of system in different envelops. Two Squadrons of Akash missile system developed by DRDO have been already inducted in to IAF and the system is in continuous production and induction.

Project Director, G Chandramouli stated that all the stated mission objectives have been met and the missile system has performed as expected. It is a notable achievement that the entire equipment of sophisticated radars, control centers, launchers & ground support systems for Indian Air Force have been realized and produced in less than two years indicating the integrated capability of DRDO, DDP, Inspection agency MSQAA and Indian Industry. A path has been created for continuous production of sophisticated surface to air missile systems in the country through this programme. He sincerely thanked all the engineers/scientists/technicians who worked for this remarkable challenge set by the services and could demonstrate the performance of the system on production variants too.

IAF placed had order for Eight Squadrons of Akash missile system. Later Indian Army placed an order for Two Regiments of Akash missile system. The total production orders placed by Services (IAF and Indian Army) for Akash missile system approximately amounts to Rs 23,000 Cr. Already missile system worth Rs 3500 Cr were delivered to the Services. In addition, 3D-Central acquisition radar (3D-CARs) which is an offshoot from Akash missile system also is in continuous production and induction to all the three Services. 

Akash is a mobile multi-directional, multi-target point / area defence system which can simultaneously engage several air targets in a fully autonomous mode of operation.  The hardware and software integration of various weapon system elements permits automated management of air defence functions such as programmable surveillance, target detection, target acquisition, tracking, identification, threat evaluation, prioritization, assignment and engagement.  All the Radars, Command control centers, launchers are integrated to achieve these functionalities. The system is designed to enable integration with other air defence command and control networks through secure communication links. The system is also provided with advanced ECCM features at various levels. The weapon system is cost effective relative to equivalent systems in the global market.

The system is modular and mobile with all its components including launchers either wheeled truck or trailer mounted. Good lateral acceleration capability of missile till intercept provides high maneuverability and capability against high performance air targets, such as tactical strike aircraft, bombers, high altitude reconnaissance airplanes and armed helicopters. Equipped with multi-function phased array radar with tracking utilizing the modern electronic technology, the system has significant resistance to many kinds of active and passive jamming. All air defence functions such as classification, threat evaluation, prioritization and missile launch are automated, by virtue of usage of state of the art computation platforms and softwares. The system is configurable to adapt to future requirement.

The system is under production at Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore for Eight squadrons for Indian Air Force. Two Regiments of Army version are under production at Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Hyderabad for Indian Army.  Missiles and missile related equipments are produced by BDL. Radars and radar related equipments for both (IAF and IA) orders are produced by BEL. Thirteen (13) DRDO labs, Nineteen (19) Public Sector Units (PSUs), Five Ordnance Factories (OFs) and more than 200 small, medium, and few large scale private industries have actively participated during the development and production of Akash weapon system.

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

Good to see local arms being inducted. Now DRDO should get into continuous improvement mode and release them at regular intervals.

Parthasarathi said...

Anything new on Tejas. HAL suppose to supply 8 LCA. this year.

Anonymous said...

They need to repeat the failed test mission and need to do more rigorous tests.
The proximity fuze type of does not work that well as proved during 1991 Gulf war...
Warhead can still survive and hit the target...
India need to develop hit to kill means hitting the incoming vehicle directly...
That is the only proof of destruction...

Anonymous said...

These missiles are bulky and outdated...they cannot engage low flying cruise missiles. just because they are made in india they should not be forced to be used...european SAMs are far better

Jai said...

Anon @10.09 AM,

The failure rate of Patriot SAM is 3 times more than Akash. So much so that it was blamed during Gulf War I of being ineffective. Russian SAMs have only 50% strike rate. European and Israeli SAMs are offshoots of either their AMRAAM missiles or older variants of their SAMs. They have serious reliability issues and now even Norwegians have adopted American AMRAAM in SAM role with some modifications. I won't even discuss Chinese SAMs.

Hence, Indian SAM AKASH is a much better and cheaper option which is adequate in one layer of our multi-layer air defence. There are other missiles being either developed or inducted for other layers. If it was not up to the mark, IA and IAF would never accept them as you would already know, given their love for firaang maal.

So before passing your judgment, check facts. Or stay in your hole.

Abhiman said...

This should keep reporters like Rajat Pandit of ToI and The Indian Express quiet....for a long, long time to come.

The Akash should now be exported to Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia and LatAm republics.

Have to salute Viv S from BR forums for a blitzkrieg of absolutely great opinion on inducting Tejas jets, and scrapping the PAK-FA in favour of AMCA.

Anonymous said...

Akash should be exported to ukraine asap they are gonna need it when the war with russia starts

Anonymous said...

Crap missile from the beginning...india is decades behind europeans and americans. Shame these shitty weapons are heaped on our forces. india should just copy western tech thats it period.

Anonymous said...

Pak has far better French SAMS than these

SAM2 said...

@Anonymous 9.58

Pak has a big beggar's bowl too. :p

Anonymous said...

Gullible indian morons....indian missiles are a big failure:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Successive-Failure-of-Akash-Trial/2014/05/01/article2199350.ece