India on Thursday test-fired its indigenously designed and developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, capable of destroying any hostile ballistic missiles at low altitude, from the Integrated Test Range off Orissa's east coast.
Aimed at developing a full fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, the test-fire exercise was carried out from two different launch sites of the ITR in the Bay of Bengal, defence sources said.
The target missile, a modified indigenously built Prithvi was first test-fired from a mobile launcher at 1100 hrs from ITR's launch complex-3 at Chandipur-on-sea, while 2 minutes 40 seconds later the interceptor was fired from Wheeler's Island, 70 nautical miles from here, to intercept it at an altitude of 15 km in the mid air.
Though both the launch, conducted successfully, were like 'text book flights', detail results, specifically the 'kill' effects of the interceptor of the co-ordinate exercise will be known after all data analysis from multiple sources, a defence official associated with the test said.
Scientists from the country's premier institute, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), have been working on the project for the last couple of years, said the source.