India conducted the maiden test of Akash Prime, a new version of surface-to-air missile Akash from a defense facility off Odisha coast on Monday. Moreover, the maiden trial of lethal Akash Prime missile was successful.

Defense sources said the advanced variant of the Akash missile was flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range at around 4.30 pm. The missile intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking an enemy aircraft.

Akash is the cheapest SAM with a range of 27 km ever produced in the world with supersonic interception capability. With command guidance system, multiple target handling features and automated air defense operations, it stands out unique amongst the available short and medium range missiles in its class.

In comparison to the existing Akash System, Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency seeker for improved accuracy. Other improvements also ensure more reliable performance under low temperature environments at higher altitudes. Modified ground system of the existing Akash weapon system has been used for the current flight test. The range stations of Integrated Test Range comprising Radars, Electro Optical Tracking System and Telemetry stations monitored the missile trajectory and flight parameters.

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