Q. Consider the following statements regarding New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG)
1. Akash-NG uses ramjet engines
2. The weight of the rocket is reduced to increase its range and to carry more missiles.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B

Defence Research & Development Organisation(DRDO) has successfully flight-tested the New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG). 

About Akash-NG missile: 

  • Rocket Motor: Akash-NG uses a two-pulse solid rocket motor that replaces the old ramjet on the legacy Akash missile. 
  • The new motor not just reaches out to 30 kilometres (km), but also generates a high terminal velocity to strike even the fastest and most agile enemy fighters. 
  • Lighter Weight: The weight of the rocket has been brought down from 700 kg to 350 kg. This not just increases range, but also lets the vehicle carry more missiles. 
  • New Seeker Head: Akash-NG has a new seeker head. The seeker locks onto the enemy aircraft and continuously guides the missile to impact the target. 

Read more: DRDO successfully flight-tests surface-to-air missile Akash-NG