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Akash Surface to Air Missile System

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  1. Spirit27

    Spirit27 FULL MEMBER

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    Fellow Forumites Let us start a dedicated Thread for discussing and posting all the latest news and reports about Surface to Air Missile System.
     
  2. Spirit27

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    Akash Missile System For Indian Army OK'd

    Reported By Anantha Krishnan M. for Aviation Week.
    Link: http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gene...ine=Akash Missile System For Indian Army OK'd

    The Army version of the Akash missile system, valued at Rs 12,500 crore ($2.8 billion), has been cleared for induction by India’s Defense Acquisition Council (DAC).

    The India military services’ combined orders of the Defense Research and Development Organization-developed Akash, including two radars, have a total worth of Rs 23,300 crore. This is an unprecedented defense order for a DRDO-developed weapons system, and the biggest order ever for DRDO’s tactical missile and radar systems.

    The June 8 DAC meeting was chaired by Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony. Others in attendance included the service chiefs, Secretary Defense, Secretary Defense Production, Secretary Defense Finance, Director General of Acquisition, DRDO Chief, and the Chief of Integrated Defense Staff (CIDS).

    A senior Ministry of Defense (MoD) official told AVIATION WEEK that Hyderabad-based Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) will be the system integrator and nodal production agency for the Akash Army variant. DAC had earlier cleared an Akash order worth Rs 6,500 for the Indian Air Force (IAF), with Bangalore-based Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) as its system integrator.

    “We have decided to split the IAF and Army orders between BEL and BDL to encourage competition within Indian industries and also to increase the synergy between the work centers,†the official said.

    BEL Chairman and Managing Director A.K. Datt told AVIATION WEEK in April that the IAF has placed missile orders for two squadrons, and BEL is soon expecting follow-up orders for four more squadrons.

    The DAC had earlier approved Rs 2,800 crore worth of 3-D Surveillance-cum-Acquisition Radars, independent of the missiles, for all three services.

    “Seventy radars have been ordered, each costing Rs 40 core,†the official said. In addition, the Indian Army has ordered Rs 1,500 crore of Weapon-Locating Radar, each costing Rs 50 crore.

    “In the next 7-8 years, close to 100 Indian industries will benefit from these projects. The project support for the services for these systems will be there for 25 years,†the official said. “This is a big boost to Indian industries with so much of money being pumped into the Indian economy. It is a great wealth-generation opportunity, in addition to [the] creation of more jobs as a home-grown tactical missile system is finally getting on top in place of the French, Russian, British and Israeli systems. This will give DRDO the much-needed lift and the Indian industry know-how to manufacture complicated weapon systems.â€

    Considering that many of the current existing missile systems within the Indian armed forces are of foreign origin, DAC’s combined order is a boost to DRDO’s research and development efforts.

    “The R&D cost of Rs 1,000 crore, including the project sanction of Rs 600 crore, is 8-10 times lower than the cost of similar system developments in advanced countries,†the official said. “Akash, which is considered as Indian ‘poor man’s Patriot,’ has certain unique characteristics like mobility, all-the-way-powered flight till target interception, multiple target handling, digitally-coded command guidance and fully automatic operation.â€

    The Akash missile systems consist of a launcher, a missile with a 25-30 km. range, control center, multifunction fire control radar and supporting ground equipment.

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  3. Desi Jatt

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    Akash Missile System For Indian Army Okeyd

    http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gene...ine=Akash Missile System For Indian Army OK'd

    :dance: :tea: :india:

    The Army version of the Akash missile system, valued at Rs 12,500 crore ($2.8 billion), has been cleared for induction by India’s Defense Acquisition Council (DAC).

    The India military services’ combined orders of the Defense Research and Development Organization-developed Akash, including two radars, have a total worth of Rs 23,300 crore. This is an unprecedented defense order for a DRDO-developed weapons system, and the biggest order ever for DRDO’s tactical missile and radar systems.

    The June 8 DAC meeting was chaired by Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony. Others in attendance included the service chiefs, Secretary Defense, Secretary Defense Production, Secretary Defense Finance, Director General of Acquisition, DRDO Chief, and the Chief of Integrated Defense Staff (CIDS).

    A senior Ministry of Defense (MoD) official told AVIATION WEEK that Hyderabad-based Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) will be the system integrator and nodal production agency for the Akash Army variant. DAC had earlier cleared an Akash order worth Rs 6,500 for the Indian Air Force (IAF), with Bangalore-based Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) as its system integrator.

    “We have decided to split the IAF and Army orders between BEL and BDL to encourage competition within Indian industries and also to increase the synergy between the work centers,†the official said.

    BEL Chairman and Managing Director A.K. Datt told AVIATION WEEK in April that the IAF has placed missile orders for two squadrons, and BEL is soon expecting follow-up orders for four more squadrons.

    The DAC had earlier approved Rs 2,800 crore worth of 3-D Surveillance-cum-Acquisition Radars, independent of the missiles, for all three services.

    “Seventy radars have been ordered, each costing Rs 40 core,†the official said. In addition, the Indian Army has ordered Rs 1,500 crore of Weapon-Locating Radar, each costing Rs 50 crore.

    “In the next 7-8 years, close to 100 Indian industries will benefit from these projects. The project support for the services for these systems will be there for 25 years,†the official said. “This is a big boost to Indian industries with so much of money being pumped into the Indian economy. It is a great wealth-generation opportunity, in addition to [the] creation of more jobs as a home-grown tactical missile system is finally getting on top in place of the French, Russian, British and Israeli systems. This will give DRDO the much-needed lift and the Indian industry know-how to manufacture complicated weapon systems.â€

    Considering that many of the current existing missile systems within the Indian armed forces are of foreign origin, DAC’s combined order is a boost to DRDO’s research and development efforts.

    “The R&D cost of Rs 1,000 crore, including the project sanction of Rs 600 crore, is 8-10 times lower than the cost of similar system developments in advanced countries,†the official said. “Akash, which is considered as Indian ‘poor man’s Patriot,’ has certain unique characteristics like mobility, all-the-way-powered flight till target interception, multiple target handling, digitally-coded command guidance and fully automatic operation.â€

    The Akash missile systems consist of a launcher, a missile with a 25-30 km. range, control center, multifunction fire control radar and supporting ground equipment.
     
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  4. Desi Jatt

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    an order worth Rs.23000 crore...:eek: :dizzy:
     
  5. Devianz

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    wow that is huge.... almost 5 billion USD. DRDO is on a role.:india:
     
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    Akash Mk-II SAM To Fly In Two Years

    EXCLUSIVE: Akash Mk-II SAM To Fly In Two Years

    The Mark-II version of India's Akash surface-to-air missile has begun development and will be ready for a first flight in 24 months -- that's the guarantee its makers, the Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) have given to the Air Force and Army. With orders worth Rs 23,300-crore in the bag, the Akash is the currently toast of India's missile programme. Top sources have revealed that while most of Project Akash staff is currently focused on ensuring that serial production is trouble-free, a select team of scientists and engineers has been handpicked to begin Mk-II.

    The Akash Mk-II will be a longer-range, faster and more accurate SAM. Ok, now here's the low-down on the Akash Mk-II. The missile will have an intercept range of 30-35 km, or a little over 10-km more than the Mk-I version. Apart from extending range, the Mk-II project mandate will be to increase accuracy of the missile's guidance system and the fire control system, push up the missile's performance, agility, speed, efficiency and accuracy. This will involve tweaking of almost all major systems, including the missile itself, signal processors etc.

    Project Akash-II has set itself a deadline of 18 months to begin simulated trials, following which it will begin a routine of development test-firings. While Mk-I cost DRDO Rs 1,000-crore to complete, the Mk-II project has taken a decision not to ask for funds unless it absolutely needs them. An interim feasibility study conducted by the laboratories concerned has shown that scientists are confident of getting the first prototype up and ready on a modest tech-dem budget extended to all follow-on programmes.

    http://livefist.blogspot.com/2010/06/exclusive-akash-mk-ii-sam-to-fly-in-two.html
     
  7. prototype

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    they should increase its range a little more atleast 50 kms
     
  8. hotstud69

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    MAITRI - 8-15 km
    Akash MK-1 /MK-2 20-25 /35 km
    Barak-2 70km-1st test comlpeted next one this year in india
     
  9. gowthamraj

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    It also have great potential for export as it cheap compared to western systems:india:
     
  10. Arjun MBT

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    DRDO got an Order worth 4.5 Billion $ from IAF and Indian Army.... And are so confident that, they dont need Funds for the Development of MK2 version of Akash
     
  11. Naren1987

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    Hey, guys there was talk of Malaysia buying these missiles, right?
    What happened?
     
  12. jagjitnatt

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    Malaysia did show interest in Akash but as of yet no orders have been placed. I don't expect any orders in the next year also. Let the SAM be deployed and then when it is tried and tested, it would be in demand in the international market.

    Akash has the potential and should be in demand by 2011 onwards.
     
  13. Naren1987

    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    The Chinese have great leverage over us in the region because of their ability to sell weapons in our neighborhood.
    Do we have more indigenous hardware we can sell?
     
  14. jagjitnatt

    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    We have just started our indigenous development. At least results have started to appear just now. Any country would want to evaluate the capability of the weapon first and then purchase it. No country would trust a new manufacturer.

    As India progresses in the field, we'll see contracts coming our way. We already see JVs with Israel, Russia, and France. Germany and UK are offering JVs too.

    Akash, Nag, Brahmos are some of the weapons that have potential to be exported. But it will take some time to win the confidence of the buyers.
     
  15. Naren1987

    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    If the LCH turns out to be a success, then we could add it to the list,
    But the Russians are demanding a huge pay cut(5 million) for every missile sold, marketing the Brahmos seems very unlikely.
     

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