The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out the Firing of Indigenously Developed Akash Missile System (Surface-to-Air Missile) & Russian-origin Short-Range Igla Missile (Surface-to-Air Missile) as part of a drill which took place at Air Force Station in Suryalanka, Andhra Pradesh. The drills were part of an exercise which was carried from November 23-December 2 by the IAF.
i.Both the Akash Missile System & Short Range Igla Missiles were fired and they engaged the Maneuverable Expendable Aerial Targets (MEAT) successfully.
ii.Vice Chief of Air Staff (VCAS) Air Marshal HS Arora was present during the guided weapons firing drill.
Akash Missile System:
It is a Nuclear Capable Missile Defence System developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). It is India’s first indigenous missile designed by DRDO
i.It can fly upto a speed of 860 meters per second (Mach 2.5) and can target jets, drones, Air-to-Surface Missiles & Ballistic Missiles.
ii.It can be Launched from both tanks and trucks and has a range of 30 Kms.
It is in operational service with both the Indian Army and IAF.
The Igla Missile is a Russian man-portable infrared homing Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM). They are possessed by both Indian Army and IAF.
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i.On 24th August 2020, Indian Air Force(IAF) Chief of the Air Staff(CAS) Air Chief Marshal (ACM)Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, launched the mobile application “My IAF”, to provide career related information and details in IAF to the aspirants.
About Indian Air Force:
Chief of the Air Staff – Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
Headquarters – New Delhi