India test fires Akash missile


India on Wednesday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile of Indian Air Force version from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, the fifth trial of the anti-aircraft system in the last fortnight. “The Air Force version of Akash missile was test-fired from the ITR. The trial was successful and met all the mission objectives,” a senior Indian defence official said.
The anti-aircraft missile, with a strike range of 25km and capable of carrying warhead of 60kgs, was test fired from a mobile launcher at launch complex-III of the ITR. The trial, which formed part of the country’s routine air defence exercises, was conducted at 0757 hrs, an official of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) associated with the Akash missile project said.