DefenceGovernment approves the export of Akash air defence missile systems

Government approves the export of Akash air defence missile systems

Akash Missile cleared for export
Akash missile test on 18 June 2014.

In an another boost to Make in India, the Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi today, officially approved the export of Akash Surface-to-Air Missile.

The export version of Surface to Air Missile (SAM) will be different from System, currently deployed for Indian Armed Forces. The committee for faster Approvals has been created.

As per various media reports, African and South Eastern countries like Vietnam and Philippines could become the possible buyer of Akash missile system. Meanwhile Vietnam is interested in NG (Next Generation) variant of air defence Missile system which is currently in development.

The Government of India aims to achieve the target of 5 Billion USD of defence export, in next 5 years.

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Akash is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defense system, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It has the capability to intercept aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles at an altitude of 18 KM.

The Missile uses Command guidance in mid-course and an active radar homing in terminal phase. It has a 60 kg high-explosive, pre-fragmented warhead which detonates in the proximity.

The missile is guided by a Rajendra radar. It is a phased array fire control radar which can detect target at the range of 60 KM.

It uses Solid booster and air-breathing solid ramjet sustainer motor for second stage which helps this Missile to neutralise aerial targets at the maximum range of 30 KM.

The air-breathing solid ramjet sustainer motor in missile came with a price, it makes the missile bulky, heavy and costly. DRDO will eradicate this problem in Akash NG (Next Generation).

Akash NG will use dual-pulse solid rocket motor which is lighter than ramjet engine. It will increase the range of missile up to 80 KM and the missile could be launch from canister launchers, which will increase the life of missiles.

The Next Generation variant of Akash is in the advance stages of development and can be test very soon.

Aditya Raj
Writer & Co-founder of InfotOnline.

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