The Akash (sky) is a mid-range surface-
to-air missile (SAM) system being built by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile is being developed
under the integrated guided-missile development programme (IGMDP). The programme also involved development of the Nag, Agni and Trishul missiles, as well as the Prithvi ballistic missile.
Two versions of the missile are being built for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army (IA). The first batch of
the Akash missiles for the IA is expected to be rolled out by September 2012. The first Akash missile was delivered to the IAF in March 2012. Deliveries to the IAF are expected to be concluded in 2015.
The IAF has ordered 1,000 Akash missiles and the IA 2,000 missiles. The orders from the IAF are anticipated to increase if the Indo-Israeli joint venture to develop a MRSAM (medium range SAM) is put on…
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