Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP) of the Akash Weapon System (Indian Army Version) to Missile Systems Quality Assurance Agency (MSQAA).
The handing over was held at Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) which, as a nodal agency, has designed and developed the Akash weapon system.
The Technical Specification & Quality Document and the drawing of complete weapon system elements were sealed and handed over by Project Akash to MSQAA as part of the AHSP transfer.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, the Indian Army, and the industry, terming the AHSP transfer as a landmark event. He exuded confidence that this would go a long way in fulfilling the requirement of services.
Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr. Samir V Kamat congratulated the Project Akash team for first AHSP transfer from Missile cluster to MSQAA.
It is such a complex system involving Missiles and multiple ground systems. He said, the transfer process will enable the roadmap for future missile systems, which are under production.
Akash is the first state-of-the-art indigenous surface-to-air missile system which has been with Armed Forces for nearly a decade defending the Indian skies and providing national security.
It is inducted by Indian Army and Indian Air Force with order value worth Rs 30,000 crore, which is one of the largest single-system orders for an indigenous missile system.
Apart from DRDL, several other DRDO labs are involved in the development of the system.