India successfully conducted two rounds of trials of its indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile as part of a user trial by the air force from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore in Orissa Saturday. “The sophisticated Akash missile was test fired twice in quick succession from launch complex-3 of ITR at about 11.55 am and noon,” a defence source said.
Describing both trials as ‘fully successful’, ITR Director M K V Prasad said the whole exercise was carried out as part of a user trial by the Indian Air Force. Each missile targeted a toe body supported by Pilot Less Target Aircraft ‘Lakshya’, sources said.
Birla said her campaign this time is “very similar” to the last time.