After a decade and more of strengthening the country's defenses, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has accepted the Akash missile as part of its arsenal to counter Chinese air threat in the North East region.
The Akash missile system will help protect strategic targets in the North East, whether they are airfields, important bridges on the Brahmaputra, Railway Junctions, Power projects cities in the region like Guwahati.
The Air Force has already cleared the project and the defence acquisition council chaired by defence minister A K Antony is expected to clear it on the 28th of January after which four squadrons of Akash will be ordered to add to the two squadrons ordered on a trial basis earlier.
Some of the strategic installations in the North East region that the Akash missile system will help protect from Chinese threat:
- First is the Tezpur airfield where the Sukhoi 30 Aircrafts are stationed.
- The Chabua airfield is another important installation.
- Jorhat airfield and Mohanbari airfield will also be protected from enemy fire.
- Air fields apart other installations like BARC and other power plants will be protected
- A number of cities in the North East region.
Operational range : 25-30 km
Length: 5.78 metres
Flight ceiling: 18,000 meters
Speed: 2.8 to 3.5 Mach
Launch weight: 720 kg
source : Times Now