Balasore, December 28: In its successful move India successfully test fired full-fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence System. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired an Advanced Area Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from a defence test facility on Kalam Island, off Odisha coast today.
The interceptor missile was engaged against a target missile, a modified version of Prithvi-II launched from a Launching Complex of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore about 70 km from the Kalam Island.
The interceptor positioned at Abdul Kalam Island destroyed the incoming hostile missile mid-air, in an endo-atmospheric altitude at less than 30 km. The DRDO termed the test, a ‘brilliant’ mission and success.
The home-grown high-speed weapon system can eliminate incoming enemy ballistic missiles at an altitude of 30 km. The test comes just 5 days after the DRDO launched a Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from the defence base.
Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile using a radio frequency seeker on-board was blasted off from Wheeler Island about 70 km across the sea from Chandipur and it destroyed the target missile in midair over Bay of Bengal in an endo-atmospheric altitude at less than 30 kms.
The AAD interceptor missile was successfully test fired for the first time from the Launching Complex-III of the ITR at Chandipur in 2006. The DRDO had also successfully carried out its last test on May 2016.