India on Thursday joined the elite league of countries having indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of hitting an incoming ballistic missile. The Advanced Air Defence (AAD) system was tested the Chandipur test range in Odisha.“It was a direct hit and grand success,” Defence sources said after the missile launch which was the third supersonic interceptor test carried out this year.
It is capable of tearing down any incoming ballistic missile.This was the third supersonic interceptor launch conducted this year. In it, an incoming ballistic missile target was successfully captured, within 30 km altitude of the earth’s atmosphere by an interceptor.
The earlier two launches were carried out on March 1 and February 11, 2017, as part of put efforts to encompass a full-grown multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defense system.
The target missile a “Prithvi missile” was launched from launch complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur close to here.
Following the receiving signals by tracking radars, the interceptor AAD missile, placed at Abdul Kalam Island which is earlier known as Wheeler Island — in the Bay of Bengal, called through its flight to wipe out the hostile target missile in mid-air in an endo-atmospheric altitude, defense sources informed.
The interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket boosted by the guided missile equipped navigation system, a hi-tech computer, and an electro-mechanical activator, the defense sources further informed.
The interceptor missile, which has the capacity of destroying enemy ballistic missiles at an altitude of 30 km, achieved direct hit and destroyed the incoming ballistic missile, a modified version of Prithvi-II over Bay of Bengal. The DRDO termed it a ‘brilliant’ mission and success in a row.