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DAC accords procedural approval for upgraded Akash SAMs for Army

Akash weapon system rolls down during the Republic Day celebration in New Delhi.

Akash weapon system rolls down during the Republic Day celebration in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

The Army has already inducted two regiments of Akash and last year two more regiments which are in the process of being delivered.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) which met on Tuesday accorded a procedural approval for the procurement of an improved variant of the indigenously developed Akash Surface to Air Missile (SAM) systems for the Army.

The Army has already inducted two regiments of Akash and last year two more regiments which are in the process of being delivered. The Akash system has since been upgraded and the DAC has given approval for the third and fourth regiments to be of the upgraded variant.

“The missile to be procured is an upgraded version of the previously inducted Akash missiles and will include seeker technology, possess 360 degree coverage and will be of compact configuration with reduced signature. The upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment which will provide protection to vital assets,” Defence Ministry said in a statement.

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 Limited (BDL).

Akash has a range of 25 kms and can simultaneously engage multiple targets in all weather conditions and has a large operational envelope from a low altitude of 30 metres to a maximum of up to 20 km. Each regiment consists of six launchers with each launcher having three missiles.

The DAC also accorded approval for progressing design and development of Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA) for T-90 Tanks.

Developed by Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL) of DRDO, the IUWBA is used by the tank crew as a safety gear and is required for emergency escape when negotiating water obstacles.

The DAC also accorded approval for design and development of test equipment for guided weapons system of T-90 tank which have so far been imported. The equipment is being developed by DRDO and will give an indigenous solution to the test equipment used for checking the guided weapon systems of T-90 tanks, the statement added.

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