Akash missile reported 30 per cent failure rate: CAG

Vastavam web: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has severely criticised India’s home-made Akash air defence missile system. It stated that the missile systems ordered by the Indian Air Force to counter China is “deficient in quality” and has a 30% failure rate, which posed an “operational risk during hostilities”.

The CAG, in a report on the Indian Air Force (IAF) released on Friday, also stated that six squadrons of the missile system were to be deployed at six locations of an unidentifi .‘S’ sector between 2013 and 2015, but this has not been done. This delay has happened even though `4,000 crore has already been spent for building the infrastructure for installing the systems.

Although the report does not identify the strategic missile manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), but has provided its specifications as a medium range, surface to air missile. These are the exact features of the Akash missile system. According to the report, the Defence Ministry in December 2010 concluded a contract with BEL for the delivery of six squadrons of the Akash missile systems for Rs 3,619.25 crore. The squadrons were to be located at six IAF stations in ‘S’ sector.