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Amid China border conflict, IAF testfires 10 Akash missiles to shoot down enemy fighters

INDIA – The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out around 10 test-firings of the home-grown Akash air defence missiles to validate different scenarios to shoot down enemy aircraft that may violate the Indian air space during conflicts. The IAF test-firings come amid the threat from Chinese Air Force at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the ongoing border standoff. The test-firings conducted at the Suryalanka test-firing range in Andhra Pradesh last week were highly successful, as majority of the Akash missiles fired at the targets scored a direct hit. “Around 10 Akash missiles were fired by the Air Force during the Combined Guided Weapons Firing 2020 exercise to practice different engagement scenarios during conflicts to shoot down enemy planes. Most of the missiles scored a direct hit at the target,” government sources told new agency ANI.

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