Scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired the new indigenously-developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile on Thursday over the Bay of Bengal off the Orissa coast.
The target missile, a modified Prithvi missile, was launched from the launch complex-3 of Chandipur Integrated Test Range (ITR) at 11 a.m. 160 seconds later, the AAD interceptor missile was test-fired from Wheeler’s Island. The AAD missile intercepted the target missile at an altitude of 15-km from the launch surface at supersonic speed.
The 7-metre AAD is a single-stage missile powered by propellant motors. The AAD can “hit and kill” incoming missiles within an altitude of 30 kms from the launch surface.
The trajectory of the target missile launched from Chandipur was tracked and the information was compiled in the Missile Control Centre and transmitted to Launch Control Centre for launching the interceptor missile. Apart from tracking radars, which have been developed with Israeli assistance, all other sub-systems are entirely home-grown, sources added.
Maj Gen (retd) R.K. Sahu, former mission director of all missile systems at ITR from 1999-2004 told HT, “India has successfully tested this missile and 100 per cent interception has taken place. This is a milestone in itself. India has now joined the elite club of USA, Russia and Israel.”