- Army today inducted the indigenously- developed supersonic surface-to-air missile Akash, more than three decades after the project was initiated .
- The Army has initially ordered two Akash regiments, with six firing batteries.
- The total cost of the order which includes hundreds of missiles is about Rs 19,500 crore.
- They said that the first full regiment should be ready by June-July and the second one by end of 2016.
- Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), in partnership with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), is supplying critical electronic systems for Akash Weapon System (AWS).
- BDL is the prime production agency of this missile programme for Army. BDL entrusted the responsibility of realising the critical ground support systems — the combat command and control centre (CCC) and the mobile system for missile checkout (MSMC) — to ECIL
- Akash Missile System is an indigenously developed supersonic short range surface-to-air missile system with the capability to engage a wide variety of aerial threats like aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles up to a maximum range of 25 km and up to an altitude of 20 km.
- The system, which has 96 per cent indigenisation, is capable of simultaneously engaging multiple targets in all weather conditions and is capable of providing comprehensive short range missile cover to the vulnerable assets in the field force of the Army.