India on Wednesday successfully tested the Advanced Air Defence (AAD) Missile, the second level of the two-tier interceptor missile system that can destroy hostile ballistic missiles. View more at #Hindustan360.
The AAD is part of the two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system developed by the DRDO, the research and development wing of the Defence Ministry, with the Hyderabad-based Research Centre Imaarat (RCI). The test took place around 10.15 a.m. at the Abdul Kalam island off Odisha, officials said.
- The latest test comes less than a month after India successfully tested the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile on 11 February.
- The PDV can destroy a hostile balistic missile in space, before entering the earth’s atmosphere.
- The 7.5 meters long AAD is a single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile, with a navigation system.
- The second level of the system is the endo-atmosphere AAD missile tested on Wednesday.
“Today’s test launch was conducted in order to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode,” a defence official said, adding that it was a low altitude trial.
“The mission was excellent and it was a direct hit,” said a scientist of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO).
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 near here, taking up the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.
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