The indigenously developed supersonic surface-to-air missile “Aakash” was formally inducted in the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Gwalior today.
The missile, claims to have a speed three times faster than that of sound, is capable of hitting eight targets at a time, according to defence experts.
In a function held here at the Maharajpur Air Force Station, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar handed over “Aakash” to IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. Later, the IAF officials demonstrated to the defence minister how the missile functions.
According to IAF sources, Aakash missile is an outcome of efforts of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) and the private sector. It is prepared using 92 per cent of indigenous machinery. It can be transported anywhere via road, water or air transport, sources added.
The missile has range of 100 km to track the target and can hit the enemy’s helicopter, plane or drone from a 25-km distance.