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Akash Surface to Air Missile System

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  1. Gessler

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    They are needed in large nos. to replace older SAMs.

    Secondly, the 3k figure includes Mk.II version of Akash,
     
  2. Himanshu Pandey

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    but mk II are still in development stage.. right?
     
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    Yes, but the production run of Mk.1 will close as soon as Mk.2 is ready for full-scale production.

    Given what I know, it's likely that majority of Akash missiles in Indian service (out of the 3k) will be
    the Mk.2 variant.
     
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    that would be good as mk II has better range.
     
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    The current 60 bases of IAF, and equal number of critical Army and civilian establishments need Akash missiles.

    Each battery of Akash consists of three launchers min (9 missiles on launchers) + reloads and reserves needed.

    Akash is the system that has made me hopeful about this country. The impact of this system is 10 times the Agni missile.
     
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    This system should be fast-tracked. War clouds are already appearing over India.
     
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    Surface-to-air Akash missile successfully test-fired


    : February 21, 2014 13:50 IST

    Balasore (Odisha): India today test-fired the indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile from the Integrated Test Range launch complex at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha.

    The missile targeted a floating object supported by Pilot Less Target Aircraft (PTA) 'Lakshya', defence officials said.

    "Akash was test fired from launch complex-3 at 11.22 am," a defence official said, adding that "some more trials would be conducted within the next couple of days".

    "During the trial, the missile was aimed at intercepting a floating object supported by a pilot-less target aircraft, flown from launch complex-II, at a definite altitude over the sea," according to a source.

    Akash is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system developed by the DRDO as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

    It has a strike range of 25 km and can carry a warhead of 60 kgs. It has the capability to target aircraft up to 30 km away and is packed with a battery that can track and attack several targets simultaneously, they said.

    With the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles etc, defence experts compare Akash to the American MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system.

    The last trial was conducted on June 6, 2012 from the same base.


    Surface-to-air Akash missile successfully test-fired | NDTV.com
     
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    Surface-to-air Akash missile successfully test-fired

    India today test-fired the indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile from the Integrated Test Range launch complex at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha.

    The missile targeted a floating object supported by Pilot Less Target Aircraft (PTA) 'Lakshya', defence officials said.

    "Akash was test fired from launch complex-3 at 11.22 am," a defence official said, adding that "some more trials would be conducted within the next couple of days".

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    "During the trial, the missile was aimed at intercepting a floating object supported by a pilot-less target aircraft, flown from launch complex-II, at a definite altitude over the sea," according to a source.

    Akash is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system developed by the DRDO as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

    It has a strike range of 25 km and can carry a warhead of 60 kgs. It has the capability to target aircraft up to 30 km away and is packed with a battery that can track and attack several targets simultaneously, they said.

    With the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles etc, defence experts compare Akash to the American MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system.

    The last trial was conducted on June 6, 2012 from the same base.
     
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    Re: Surface-to-air Akash missile successfully test-fired

    Was it the Akash MK2??
     
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    Re: Surface-to-air Akash missile successfully test-fired

    was it a user trail or some new tech has been added to it.
     
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    Re: Surface-to-air Akash missile successfully test-fired

    good job ... :partay:
     
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    Akash bang on target in flight test

    Akash bang on target in flight test


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    The Army on Friday successfully flight-tested Akash, the surface-to-air missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha.

    The missile was bang on target — a pilotless aircraft. The Akash weapon system is an all-weather, air defence system for defending valuable assets from aerial attacks. The missile can engage adversarial aircraft flying at a distance of 25 km. It can target fighter-aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters and cruise missiles.

    DRDO officials described the Akash launch on Friday as “highly successfulâ€￾ and said it was a user-trial done by the Army.
    The missile boasted of a command and guidance unit, a proximity fuse and an on-board computer, all developed by the Research Centre, Imarat, situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The RCI is a key missile centre of the DRDO. Besides, the RCI developed the gyroscope package, the telemetry system, the missile launch processor and the launch software for Akash.

    The advantages of Akash are that it thrusts all the way to intercept the enemy aircraft; it can engage multiple targets; it can be transported by rail, road and air; and it boasts of C4I, that is, command, control, communication and computers, and intelligence.

    The DRDO officials called the Akash project “a great success story because it is going to be inducted in large numbers in the Army and the Air Force.â€￾

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    Akash missile may be inducted into Army soon

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    The successful test-firing of the indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) in Odisha on Friday has the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) brimming with confidence that it would be quickly inducted into the Army. With the aid of pilotless target aircraft, Lakshya, the Akash missile successfully intercepted a flying target. Senior officials from the defence ministry said Friday’s test fire was more of a ‘pre-induction trial’.

    A senior official said the Air Force has got one version of Akash, but the Army is yet to follow suit. According to senior officials, the Defence Acquisition Council has already given the nod for a combined order of Akash missiles for IAF and Army, pegged at Rs 23,000 crore.

    “There might be a few more tests, but from our side, Akash is ready for induction and production,â€￾ said a DRDO official. The Hyderabad-based lab of DRDO, the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), is among the major contributors towards development of Akash.

    DRDO started developing Akash in the 1980s in collaboration with at least 300 public and private companies, a significant chunk of which were from Andhra Pradesh. The missile is often evaluated against the American Patriot SAM but uses an integral ram jet rocket propulsion system in addition to being touted as being more accurate and cheap. Akash aims to replace the Russian 2K12 Kub missiles that are in service presently.

    Developed indigenously under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme of India, Akash is an all weather area air defence weapon system for defending vulnerable areas against medium range air targets penetrating from various altitudes.

    In addition to DRDL, other major contributors towards development of Akash include Chennai-based Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Research & Development Establishment (Engineers) and Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) of Pune.

    Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) at Hyderabad has reportedly been assigned to produce missile systems, while Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore is the nodal production agency. Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad, Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai and Tata Power Company Mumbai are other production partners.

    What makes Akash lethal?

    Battery Level Radar (BLR) can concurrently track up to 64 targets while simultaneously guiding eight missiles towards four targets at the same time.

    Immunity to electronic countermeasure environment.

    Akash can operate in a totally automated hands-free operation mode, from target detection to kill.

    The supersonic surface-to-air missile has a range of about 25 km and can fly up to a speed of Mach 2.5.

    With pre-fragmented warhead of 55 kg and safety arming mechanism, Akash boasts of high odds of kills while manoeuvring targets like cruise missiles, fighter aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

    Akash can neutralize multiple aerial targets attacking from several directions simultaneously.

    It has a high flexibility of deployment as it can be launched from mobile as well as static platforms.

    Akash is equipped with advanced battlefield management software for performing relative threat computation and pairing of targets and missiles.

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    Akash SAM april test Video by @shiv Aroor

     
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    Akash Missile System propelled by BEL’s women power
    Published March 8, 2015
    SOURCE: Dr Anantha Krishnan M / ONEINDIA

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    This piece of news should inspire Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is pushing for Naari Shakthi (women power) to propel India’s growth.

    The Akash Missile System (AMS), under the command of the Indian Air Force (IAF) now, saw women playing significant roles during various stages of its development and trials, leading to its induction. These go-getters from Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), have proven that they are on par with men, who hitherto hogged all the limelight.

    During an interaction with OneIndia, on the eve of International Women’s Day, the women who powered the AMS were univocal in their views that BEL always gave its women employees and executives challenging assignments to prove their worth.’

    As a result, the mighty women brigade of BEL matched men on all the domains, be it in Design, Project Management, Procurement, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Testing and Customer Support.

    In addition to their large representation from Bengaluru units, women from BEL’s Ghaziabad, Panchkula and Chennai wings too contributed significantly to the success of AMS.

    Role of women in Akash project

    The IAF has inducted two Squadrons of AMS and are likely to procure additional seven more squadrons, making it a clear winner in the Make in India mission. The women workforce from BEL played a key role in the following areas:
    • Development of mission-critical software for combat vehicles.
    • Qualification testing of radars and command centers.
    • Rigorous performance validation of missile system for interface and integrated functions.
    • Integration testing of AMS for various complex combat scenarios.
    • Calibration and accuracy monitoring of various technical parameters with live flying.
    • Firing trials to validate the performance of the ground systems and missiles.
    • Installation, commissioning and training the user on operation and maintenance of AMS.
    • Customer support.

    The women executives were led by N Manjula Devi, Deputy General Manager, Testing. The team was involved in the planning and execution of flight trials of Akash in close cordination with the customer representatives and Design agencies.

    Nataraj Krishnappa, General Manager (Missile Systems), BEL, told OneIndia that the women team members were involved in many complex activities of AMS.

    “During the finalization of the critical flight path and post-flight data analysis, these women had to be in remote locations. Sometimes, the job demanded them to be present during odd hours and even in hostile environmental conditions. I am happy that the team commanded by Manjula did a commendable job. They were successful in the completion of Site Acceptance Test, installation and commissioning of AMS at the user site,” says Nataraj.

    Team leader had to outsource some work at home

    For Manjula, working in the Akash project is the most satisfying part of her career at BEL.
    “Firstly, because AMS aids our defense forces to protect our county. Secondly, it is a complex, first of its kind in India to be indigenously designed and developed. Working in Akash project is very exciting as every activity is a first-time challenge,” says Manjula, a mother of two.

    She admits that managing work-life balance was a huge challenge for her. “I am lucky that I got good support from my family. We outsourced certain routine and trivial activities on the home front, which enabled me to undertake frequent outstation assignments, during the project execution phase,” says Manjula.

    Witnessing Akash hitting the target thrilled her

    The missile’s firing trials were a real test for Manjula’s physical and mental endurance. She was part of the team which was responsible for ensuring the system readiness for the mission.
    It meant meticulous planning and execution and close coordination with various vendors, design agencies and users.

    “Post mission data analysis, we had to carry out modifications. Validation of changes was a challenging task and we stayed awake late into many nights under extreme weather conditions. But, witnessing the successful live firing of the missile and it destroying the Banshee target (at 35m height) bang on will always remain as one of the most proudest moments in my life,” adds Manjula.

    Manjula was chosen to lead the team for Site Acceptance Test (SAT) of first Squadron of AMS for the IAF. This involved simultaneous operation of 18 combat vehicles to perform missile system operation.

    “Successful execution of the activity increased my confidence level to a great extent. I was also fortunate to be the leader of the commissioning team that successfully completed the installation and commissioning of first two squadrons of Akash. This was another proud moment for me,” she said.

    She also credits the success to her male colleagues who guided and groomed her at various stages of the mission.
    Pushpa, Senior DGM from Development and Engineering wing said that the Akash missile’s Pokhran trials were truly memorable.

    “I was the only woman from BEL present during the Pokhran Mobility Trials. It was a matter of great pride for me. My heart-felt joy after mobility trials in hot weather (in Pokhran) and successful firing trials in peak winter (in Balasore) can never be expressed in words. The experiences from these trials taught me and my team many lessons,” says Pushpa.

    As the Division Head of Radar Signal Processing core group in BEL, Sarala B, a Senior DGM, felt that the firing trials gave her immense confidence and trust in the performance of the AMS.

    “In spite of the severe flight conditions and critical flight exercises during the trials, the AMS undoubtedly performed to the maximum limit. I am really honoured to have worked for this outstanding project. It inspires me to achieve more in future,” opines Sarala.

    Women can take on any challenges now

    According to Devika, DGM from a group which designed and developed simulators for Akash project, it was a general norm in the past that the women were not assigned high-profile responsibilities.

    “Times have changed and today women are assigned challenging responsibilities. Women have gained trust and credibility by fulfilling the responsibilities with utmost dedication, commitment and care. This was evident during AMS Project implementation. We have never felt low, inferior or feared failures at any point,” says Devika.
    For Aparna Shastri, Manager, Quality Assurance, the biggest challenge was to ensure compliance of all the vendors involved in the project.

    “The most defining moment for me was witnessing the successful Akash firing trials at ITR Chandipur, where all our subsystems and systems were validated for their best performance, thereby realising the project objectives and meeting the user requirements,” recalls Aparna.

    Officers like Amriena Tabassum B K carried out the challenging task of flying in helicopters for validating the command guidance of missile. Members from the Software Development Team including Sugandha, Deputy Manager and Jayanthi, Senior Engineer, too expressed their satisfaction having worked for the AMS project.
    Finally, it was the turn of one of the youngest engineers in the project Akshatha J Kini from Development and Engineering section, to air her views.

    “Breathing life into a seemingly abstract concept by designing a board-based system used for the guidance of Akash missile was a challenge which I enjoyed as an engineer. Seeing the efforts lead to fruition during the successful missile firing trials at Balasore last year was an immensely proud moment for me. I felt proud for having contributed my small bit for our armed forces,” says Akshatha.
     

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