For the second time in 20 days, India on March 1, successfully test-fired an indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile which is capable of destroying any incoming enemy missile at a low altitude.
The missile not only gave the Indian Defence forces an added advantage, but the feat also reflected India’s Ballistic Missile Defence prowess.
The test was carried out at Odisha’s Abdul Kalam Island where DRDO successfully met missions objective of the endo-atmospheric missile.
This is the second time in twenty days that the supersonic interceptor missile has been test-fired so as to give Indian a multi-layered missile defense system for its protection.
“The endo-atmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 km successfully destroyed the incoming missile. All the mission objectives were successfully met. The launch has proved the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) prowess of the country.” – Defence Ministry
The Ministry added that the complete event including the “engagement and destruction” was tracked by a number of electro-optical tracking systems which used infrared imagery, with radars and telemetry stations tracking the target and the interceptor till the final moment.
To test the prowess of the interceptor missile, it was engaged against a complex-III Prithvi missile that was launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at 10:10 am.
Five minutes later (10:15 am) the interceptor, Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile was positioned at Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal when it got the signals from tracking radars and launched towards the first missile.
It second missile roared through its trajectory and destroyed the incoming hostile missile with a direct hit in the mid-air in an endo-atmospheric altitude.
A similar testing was earlier done on February 11, where an incoming hostile ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted and destroyed at high altitude which is above 50 km of the earth’s atmosphere by an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the Odisha coast.
The low altitude (endo-atmospheric) test of AAD missile was also successfully conducted last year on May 15, 2016.