India today successfully test fired its indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile (supersonic interceptor), capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile from a test range off the Odisha coast.
India today successfully test fired its indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile (supersonic interceptor), capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile from a test range off the Odisha coast. The Prithvi missile was launched at 11.15 a.m. from the 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. This latest test firing is India’s effort to have a full fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system of its own.
“The test conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode has been successful,” Defence Research Development Organisation sources said.
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.
The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars, the DRDO sources added.