Fresh of the successful trials of the Army specific QRSAM Air Defense system, DRDO is preparing for developmental trials of the Next Generation version of Akash Surface to Air Missile system (Akash NG) by end of this year said reliable industrial sources close to IDRW. India is fast advancing in developing and deploying a layered air defense system against adversaries.
Akash NG with a range of 50+ km will be more superior to QRSAM Air Defense system presently tested by DRDO for Indian Army and is likely to be fielded by Indian Air Force and Indian Army when ready for production.
India’s Very Long Range Surface to Air Missile (XRSAM) which has been under development for a while to is been prepped for ground trials soon and it is likely the missile will enter trials phase soon said reliable industrial sources close to IDRW. The XRSAM air defense will have interception capabilities to engage target over 220-250 km and will be used to supplement MRSAM and S-400 Air Defence system.
DRDO is also in talks with Indian Navy for the development of Naval variant which could be used from Front line warships in the near future. Akash NG Air Defense system will be slotted in between Akash-1S and MR-SAM Air Defense system and will provide India a layered air defense incorporating multiple defensive covers of India’s skies to protect vital civilian and military installations and also to be used against Aerial threats trying to breach our airspace.
India’s planned layered air defense will look like this when it is fully incorporated in near future BMD, S400, XRSAM, LR/MRSAM, Akash- Mk-1/1S/NG, QRSAM, SpyDer.
Source – IDRW & Maxima Vigilantia