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India test fires two nuclear capable "Akash" missiles

New Delhi, Dec 19, IRNA - After its three successful trials last week, India on Wednesday test-fired two indigenously developed surface-to-air nuclear capable Akash missiles from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea, 15 km from Balasore in Orissa.

The sleek multi-target medium range missiles with a strike range of 25 kms and capable of carrying warheads of 50 kg each were test fired between 13:45 hours and 14:00 hours IST (Indian Standard Time) from mobile launchers as part of an Air Defence Exercise (ADE), Indian national TV news portal reported here quoting defence sources.

Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) 'Lakshya' was used as the support system for target in today's trial, they said, adding one more trial was expected to be conducted soon to pave the way for induction of Akash into the Indian Air Force (IAF).

With Wednesday's test-fire, conducted by scientists from Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) jointly with Indian Air Force, the ten-day campaign for intensive trial of Akash that began on 13th December entered its final stage.

After successful trials of interceptor missiles, the test-fires were carried out to fine-tune the sophisticated Akash, which has undergone several tests earlier as part of the country's integrated guided missile development program (IGMDP), sources said.

The 700 kg and 5.6-meter-long missile uses an integral 'Ramjet' rocket propulsion system and has a low reaction time, they said.

Hyderabad-based Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), the nodal agency which has designed the missile, has already approved the flight consistency of Akash.

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