Karan M wrote:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/akash-ready-for-induction-into-army-drdo/article6126891.ece
Guys this is *big* news. Basically, DRDO/LRDE have worked out the multipath reflection issue which was what scuppered Trishul-Naval version as well. It was the last "holdout" of the Trishul program, in that while the IA/IAF version were deemed ok, the Naval one kept running into this issue & was ultimately dropped in favor of Barak-1
Expect the learnings to be leveraged for the SRSAM & other programs.
Indeed it is. I'm not an expert on these matters, but it seems that the Akash can now be used in a coastal defense role. I expect orders for the Akash to increase significantly.
In terms of the system's potential, I've heard that the fire-control radar of the Akash system is world-class. There is room for improvement with the missile. It seems that the missile itself is currently comparable to the Russian Buk-M1 (SA-11). The Buk-M2 (SA-17) has significantly improved performance (50 km vs. 35 km).
Akash's potential is remarkable ... Its technology can produce spin-off's related to long-range air-to-air (similar to the Russian K-100), naval variants (similar to the Russian SA-N-12), etc. Congrats to the DRDO, the Indian military, the associated PSU's, the Ministry of Defense, and everyone else involved! Dr. Kalam's dreams are coming true.