Bhubaneswar: As part of efforts to develop a full-fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system, India on Sunday test-fired indigenous developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha coast.
“The test was conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode,” said defence sources. The interceptor, known as Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, was engaged against an electronically prepared target which simulated the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.
After getting signals from tracking radars, the interceptor, positioned at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island), roared through its trajectory at around 9.46 am to destroy the incoming missile mid-air, in an endo-atmospheric altitude, defence sources 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 elector-mechanical activator, the sources said.
The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars, the sources said.