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Lt Gen AP Singh flags off Akash Missiles at BDL for delivery to Indian Army

Hyderabad: Akash Missiles being manufactured by BDL were flagged off on Thursday by Lt Gen A P Singh, AVSM, Director General & Senior Colonel Commandant, Army Air Defence (DGAAD) for delivery to the Indian Army.

BDL is the manufacture of Akash Missiles both for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.

The Akash Weapon System, designed and developed by DRDO with 96 per cent indigenous content, is being manufactured by BDL at its Hyderabad Unit with a large number of supply chain partners which include DPSUs, MSMEs and private industry, a BDL release here said late last night.

Akash Missile has the capability to engage aerial threats upto the maximum range of 25 km and upto an altitude of 20 km., operating at a speed range of 1.8 to 2.5 Mach.

The Missile has been successfully test fired on several occasions and is one of the best missiles in this category.

With the announcement from the Union Cabinet regarding clearance of Akash Weapon System for Export, BDL is geared up to take up export order.

BDL has been receiving several leads for export of Akash missiles from various countries which is expected to be converted into firm orders in due course.

BDL has a full- fledged facility to meet both domestic and international demands simultaneously.

The focus of BDL has been on ‘Make in India’ with maximum indigenous content and create a Atmanirbhar Bharat in the Defence sector.

Akash Weapon System is one such product among BDL’s product portfolio in this pursuit for self reliance in Defence.

DGAAD also inaugurated an auditorium.

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