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India Successfully Tests Home-Grown Low Altitude Ballistic Missile Interceptor

Sputnik News

16:17 02.08.2018

After almost 20 years of efforts, India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed both high-altitude and low-altitude missiles which can purportedly intercept medium-range ballistic missiles traveling at speeds of Mach 3 to 8.

New Delhi (Sputnik) – India has successfully test-fired its own Advanced Air Defense (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile, designed to destroy incoming low-altitude ballistic missiles at a range of 15-25 kilometers. DRDO scientists, in the presence of Indian Army officials, successfully executed the trial mission in which the AAD accurately shot down a simulated target, a defense official told the media.

"This was the first time when the AAD missile was fired against multiple targets simulated electronically by the mission team. The missile attacked one after choosing it from a bunch of targets," the defense official said.

The endo-atmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 kilometers, successfully destroyed the incoming missile. All the mission objectives were successfully met, he added.

The missile was flight tested from Abdul Kalam Island, home to the Indian military's principal missile test facility, off the coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal at about 11.25 am (Indian Standard Time).

The missile is 24.6 feet long and is equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system. It is a single-stage, solid fuel, rocket-propelled guided missile that can track its target independently.

Nirmala Sitharaman, India's Defense Minister, congratulated the defense scientists for this successful test-mission.


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