India successfully test-fires supersonic interceptor missile in Odisha

Media reports inform that the missile failed within a minute of its launch and could not fly higher than 70 kilometres. Image for representation. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Odisha, India Dec 28, 2017, 09.42 AM (IST)

India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile in Odisha.

The missile is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile at low altitude.

The target missile -- a Prithvi missile -- was launched from launch complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Odisha.

"It was a direct hit and grand success," Defence sources said after the test launch.

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In a third supersonic interceptor test carried out today, an incoming ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted.

The interception was carried out within 30 km altitude of the earth's atmosphere by an interceptor.

Two similar tests were conducted earlier this year in February and March.

The tests form as part of efforts to establish a full-fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system.

"Today's test was conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode and it was all success," sources said.

The 7.5-meter long interceptor is a single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system.

The interceptor is also equipped with a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator, sources noted.

The missile also has its own mobile launcher, a secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities along with sophisticated radars.

(With inputs from PTI)