Bhubaneswar, March 1: Today India for the second time successfully test-fired an indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. which is capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude.A defense official said that “today’s test launch was conducted in order to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode.” The interceptor was engaged against a target which was a Prithvi missile launched from launch complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, taking up the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.
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. After about four minutes the interceptor, Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile positioned at Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal, getting signals from tracking radars, roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming hostile missile in mid-air, in an endo-atmospheric altitude, the official said. The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars.
“The mission was excellent and it was a direct hit,” said a scientist of the Defense Research Development Organisation (DRDO). Ministers and many people have congratulated DRDO for successfully firing the missile.
Earlier on February 11, an incoming hostile ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted at high altitude, above 50 km of the earth’s atmosphere by an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the Odisha coast.