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    India's mobile surface-to-air missile defense system Akash is displayed during a press day of the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in Goyang, north of Seoul, on October 28, 2013

    Indian Air Force Adopts Locally Developed Akash Air Defense Missile

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    The official handover ceremony, held at the Gwalior Air Force base, was attended by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, IBN Live reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Indian Air Force received its first domestically-produced Akash air defense missile systems, local media reported on Friday.

    Akash, which means "Sky" in Hindi, is a solid-fuel missile with a 15.5-mile range that carries a warhead containing a 120 pound fragmentation bomb triggered by proximity fuse.

    According to media, the fully automated system can neutralize up to eight aerial targets coming on low, medium and high altitudes simultaneously at a speed three times higher than the speed of sound.

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