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DRDO hands over Authority Holding Sealed Particulars of Akash missile

The AHSP transfer marks the successful establishment of production of Akash missile system, its launchers, battery command posts and all the allied systems as well as successful establishment of quality assurance processes.

The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) handed over Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP) to Missile Systems Quality Assurance Agency (MSQAA) on Saturday, marking a significant development for the Army version of the Akash Surface to Air Missile System. Three laboratories from Pune are among the DRDO labs that worked on the Akash missile system.

The AHSP transfer signifies both the implementation of successful quality assurance procedures and the successful start of manufacturing of the Akash missile system, its launchers, battery command posts, and other associated systems.

The Akash weapon system was created and built by Hyderabad-based Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), which served as a central agency for the ceremony. Project Akash gave the MSQAA the sealed technical specification and quality documentation, as well as the drawings of the whole weapon system components, as part of the AHSP transfer.

According to a news release from the Ministry of Defence, Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, commended the DRDO, the Indian Army, and the industry, calling the transfer of the AHSP a historic event.

The Project Akash team was commended by DRDO Chairman Dr. Samir V. Kamat for completing the first AHSP transfer from the missile cluster to MSQAA for such a complicated system including missile and numerous ground systems. According to him, the transfer procedure will make it possible to develop the manufacturing schedule for upcoming missile systems.

The first indigenous, state-of-the-art surface-to-air missile system, Akash, has been in service with the armed services for almost ten years. According to the MoD, the Indian Army and Indian Air Force have ordered it for a total of Rs 30,000 crore, making it one of the largest single system purchases for homegrown missile systems.

In addition to DRDL, a number of additional DRDO labs are working on the system's development. There are several of these, including the Research Center Imarat in Hyderabad, the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment in Bangalore, the Armament Research and Development Establishment, the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, the Integrated Test Range in Balasore, and the Vehicles Research and Development Establishment in Ahmednagar.

Bharat Dynamics Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited, Larsen and Toubro, Tata Advanced Systems Limited, Electronics Corporation of India Limited, and BEML Limited, together with a number of other small and medium-sized businesses and industry partners, create the systems.

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