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Indian Akash Prime Missile To Guard Its Airspace Against Pakistan, China

Reportedly, the Ministry of Defence (India) claimed that by presenting the simplified version of the Akash missile system, the nation had saved almost $5.3 Billion with more orders currently being drafted from the IAF (Indian Air Force) and the Indian Army. India’s defence ministry has given the approval to procure a locally-manufactured short-range surface-to-air missile to guard its airspace throughout the border with Pakistan and China. The ministry stated that it had to pull out the international tender to procure a missile system from overseas countries. In parliament, Shripad Naik—India’s Minister of State for Defence—said, “In a latest development, short-range surface-to-air missile international case has been halted and also awarded to Akash Prime.”

Akash Prime is a modern version of the domestically made Akash surface-to-air weapon system, proposed and advanced by India’s DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation). A modern version of the regionally produced Akash will have updated “seeker technology, a lowered footprint for weapon system constituents, 360° engagement abilities and low temperature/high altitude operation” and a similar system will be positioned in the Himalayan region. Akash is produced by Bharat Dynamics, equipped with a 96% original component, and has a range of 25 Km. The missile utilizes a high explosive and pre-fragmented weapon that can employ several threats simultaneously.

On a related note, recently, India and Japan planned to conduct a fighter jet drill in a proposal to intensify security ties. Both countries planned their first joint fighter aircraft drill in Japan as a part of efforts to advance bilateral security collaboration against regional assertiveness and China’s military buildup. The nations’ defence and foreign ministers also appreciated the noteworthy progress in conciliations for a treaty that will allow the sharing of supplies including ammunition, fuel and defence capabilities. They called for a quick conclusion to the ACSA (acquisition and cross-servicing agreement), as per to a joint statement circulated following the talks in New Delhi.

Justin Woodruff

Justin Woodruff has completed his education in Bachelor of Astronomy & Space Sciences before switching his career to become a full-fledged writer. He has previously toiled with a reputed organization for almost 3 years. Currently, he is working as a senior most copy editor and writer at The BunBury Mail firm handling the Science department. He has a keen interest in reading science books or completing short-term Astrophysics & planetary astronomy courses on the side-by-side basis.

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