Source: News Bharati English15 May 2016 18:01:02

Bhubaneswar, May 15: India today successfully test fired its indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile from a test range off the Odisha coast. The missile was launched at 11.15 a.m. from the launching complex.

The success of Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile test now strengthens India's position in the very exclusive Ballistic Missile Defence club of the US, Russia and Israel. “The test conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode has been successful,” Defence Research Development Organisation sources said. 

Prithvi II missile (File Picture) 

The interceptor was engaged against a target which was a naval version of Prithvi missile launched from a ship anchored inside Bay of Bengal, taking up the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.

The target missile was launched at about 11.15 hours and the interceptor, Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile positioned at Abdul Kalam island (Wheeler Island) getting signals from tracking radars, roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming hostile missile in mid-air, in an endo-atmospheric altitude, the sources said.

“The kill effect of the interceptor was ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources,” a DRDO scientist said. The interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator, the DRDO sources said.