A new version of the Akash Prime missile was successfully flight-tested on September 27 from the integrated test range at Chandipur in Odisha. The testing was done by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and a video showing the interception of an unnamed aerial target is released by DRDO. It is believed that the new version of Akash Prime would be an addon to India’s missile arsenal where the new version is exactly considered as firepower for the country.
As per the latest reports, the missile destroyed an aerial target with pinpoint accuracy. According to DRDO, the flight testing occurred at 4.30 pm on September 27. Akash Prime has specifications almost similar to that of the Akash system. The Akash missile system can target aircraft up to 50–80 km (31–50 mi) away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m. It has the capability to neutralize aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles, and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles. It is in operational service with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.
Compared to the Akash System, the Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active RF seeker for high accuracy. Apart from the accuracy, the Akash Prime missile ensures more reliable performance under a low-temperature environment at higher altitudes. The defense minister Rajnath Singh also appreciated DRDO and the Indian army on the move to flight-test the missile.
DRDO today conducts Successful Maiden Flight Test of Akash Prime Missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha. pic.twitter.com/QlvMHtTWVj— DRDO (@DRDO_India) September 27, 2021
The Indian Air Force has deployed Akash at its bases in Gwalior, Jalpaiguri, Tezpur, Jorhat, and Pune. Moreover, the deployment has been done along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh as tension rose between India and China 2020 China–India skirmishes.