Army satisfied with supersonic Akash missile


Agencies, New Delhi Expressing satisfaction over the performance of Made-in-India supersonic Akash missile, Army Air Defence (AAD) Director General Parminder Singh Jaggi has said that the Army was looking for further performance enhancements in future. The Army had successfully carried out user trial of Akash, the Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SRSAM) in December 2017. Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, Lt Gen Jaggi said, ‘’We are happy with the Akash system. It is a watershed as far as indigenous systems are concerned. The biggest advantage is it is a home grown system.’’ On Wednesday, the Army’s AAD will celebrate its 25th year of raising. As of now, the Army has two Akash regiments. The Army is likely to order more Akash regiments as it is in the process of replacing its legacy systems in service. Lt Gen Jaggi said as more regiments were ordered, there would be additional enhancements in the system as well in performance. Akash was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme initiated in 1984 and is manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL).

Army Air Defence celebrates 25th Raising Day

New Delhi: Carved out of the Indian Field Artillery, the youngest arm of the Army, the corps of Army Air Defence (AAD) on Wednesday celebrated its 25th Raising Day here. On the occasion, Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, Adjutant General and Senior Colonel Commandant AAD, along with Lt Gen PS Jaggi and veterans, laid the wreaths and paid homage to the brave in a solemn ceremony, organised at the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, the Indian Army Spokesperson said in a statement. The Corps of AAD was raised on January 10, 1994 and since then, it has grown in stature and has proved its mettle in all major conflicts of the past. The Corps is now going through a transformative period of modernisation, with induction of new weapon systems and upgradation of existing weapon systems, it added. The raising of Akash Regiments and planned induction of MRSAM have been game changers in the Battle of Skies, providing the ground forces with more freedom, maneuverability and security, it said.