Discussion in 'Defence & Strategic Issues' started by porky_kicker, Sep 19, 2018.
Earlier there was talk of 2 additional regiment cleared but now 7
That's Army's (regiments). 7 squadrons is for IAF.
Wind tunnel model of AKASH NG
Finally we have a definite idea on how AKASH NG looks like
4 control surfaces at rear and 4 at mid section.
CLOS weapons and their firing systems are much more prone to SEAD weapons/ electronic attack as have high probability of intercept. On board IR or RF seekers with LOAL capability are ideal as they can be cued by optronic/IRST gimbal or LPI radars without any possibility of jamming.
But we knew about the mid-section fins from this pic long back.....
The new test of Akash shall incorporate some new technologies such as actuators, pre fragmented warhead, new seekers etc.
The actual prototype pic doesn't even matches with the poster pic of Akash-NG.
But if I had to believe the prototype pic, it's range far exceeds Barak 8 with that booster, with range similar to that of Barak 8ER. So, now we are seeing a possibility of Akash-NG with around 90km range and AKASH-NG ER with around 150km range.
Akash-NG ER would be a perfect intermediary between Akash-NG and XR-SAM.
I thought this was Astra mk2.
NAL Director's report for this fiscal.
Astra mk2 scale models
The missile undergoing wind tunnel testing isn't Akash NG for sure.
Well we have to wait for that to be sure. Test will begin this year. If either you or me is correct , both will be good news lol.
The astra mk2 model which you posted if it is to scale , then the position of fins don't match, neither the tapering of the nose cone nor the length of the fore section.
If you noticed, NGARM and Astra mk1 kind of look same so.........
Also this one with grid/lattice fins is interesting, it will be funny if it ends up being a air to air missile ( Astra mk2 ? ) rather than a air to ground missile which I am guessing.
Also if one were to remove the shiny fore section and imagine a shorter fore section in its place then it gives vibes of LRSAM/MRSAM ( possibly ) isn't it ?
And importantly fits closer to ( possibly ) Astra MK2 model isn't it ?
And with the extended fore section ( as in the pic ) it becomes the Akash NG ( possibly ) isn't it ?
Interestingly common denominator with all 3 is dual pulse motor isn't it ?
Anyways looks like DRDO is recycling frames as usual , which is a smart thing IMO.
Look at NGARM and Astra mk1 looks like jurwa lol.
That image of Astra Mk2 was a mere ‘concept’ displayed by DRDO at Expos for several years. But that confit was never approved and no serious work went into it. Astra Mk2 has been approved only last year - to come with SFDR.
(That said we don’t know when the wind tunnel pic was taken.....but rest assured it’s not the current Astra Mk2)
I don’t think there’s a booster in the wind tunnel pic - it’s just the arm that holds the model being tested.
Since India produced the dual-pulse rocket for Batak-8 it’s conceivable that the same confit went into Akash-NG too.....meaning 70km range.
The model undergoing windtunnel test has a longer forebody. The front pair of canards have been moved back. This must be a refined test model which has the improvements incorporated based on earlier wind tunnel tests.
And Akash NG in all probability have a higher Dia body than Astra mk2.
But I still can't understand as to why do we need a 50 km ranged Sam when we have a 90 km range Barak-8 already.
To me the one with grid and lattice fins looks more like a hardened penetrator. An air to ground missile for the bunker complexes of Pakistan.
Astra mk2 is dual pulse motor based BVRAAM. It will be a enhanced Astra mk1 in all operational parameters
SFDR based BVRAAM is a totally different BVRAAM and will come after Astra mk2.
But let's wait and see
I have been thinking the same. I am of the opinion that Akash NG is used as an indigenous alternative in case relationship with Israel breaks down (under USA pressure) and India has to pursue its own project. In that case Akash NG will be useful.
Otherwise, Akash NY appears to have similar capabilities and design as Barak-8 and it is more prudent to develop LRSAM/MRSAM instead of developing Akash NG independently. Maybe Akash NG itself will be MRSAM, LRSAM being Barak-8.
Because it will be fully indegenios and probably much cheaper for greater numbers.
Also a step forward for our own Barak type Sam.
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There’s no requirement for a slightly enhanced Astra (it was only a concept/proposal from DRDO that IAF never approved)
When I posted the picture sometime back in DRDO thread I also arrived at the same claim but my reasons were different .
Lattice fins are the best option when it comes to providing aerodynamic control at high supersonic speeds. Hence suited for all the way supersonic flight regime . This suits air to surface bunker busting missiles / bombs.
Now comes the question which air missile to surface missile is it . My guess one of the supersonic surface to Air Rudra variants.
But then again nothing can be said for sure since lattice find are also used in supersonic BVRAAMs like the Russian Adder. Given the consultancy from the Russians , there is a small probability that it might be a air to air missile too. Without knowing the scale of the model it's very difficult to say.
Let's wait and see
Well then let's see , we will know for sure in the future
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