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DRDO successfully test fires AKASH – MK -1S (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired AKASH-MK-1S missile from Test Range, Chandipur, Odhisa.

What is Akash Mk1S?
Akash Mk1S is an upgrade of existing AKASH missile with indigenous Seeker. AKASH Mk1S is a surface to air missile which can neutralize advanced aerial targets.

What is Akash weapon system?
Akash is a group of four medium range surface to air missile along with a radar called Rajendra. The missiles in Akash system are for defence purposes. The missiles have multi-target engagement capacity. The radar detects incoming objects and the missiles are fired upon these objects. The incoming objects can be fighter jets, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. The missile system can target up to 30 km away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m.  The Akash system of missiles is already in use.

Akash system was launched under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). IGMDP is a Ministry of Defence programme for the comprehensive research and development in the range of missiles. It was launched in the year 1983. IGMDP is the most ambitious missile development program that was launched by India. 

(Source:http://pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1572701&RegID=3&LID=1)



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