India successfully test fires Prithvi Defence Vehicle

Bhubaneswar:  India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test off the Odisha coast last night, achieving a major milestone in developing a two-layerBallistic Missile Defence system.

Defence sources said, the interceptor was launched from Abdul Kalam Island of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at 8.05 PM.

A Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist said that this Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) mission is for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 kilometres of the earth’s atmosphere.

According to DRDO sources, both the PDV interceptor and the target missile were successfully engaged. In an automated operation, radar-based detection and tracking system detected and tracked the enemy’s ballistic missile.

Interceptor was successfully test fired last from the same base on February 11, 2017.

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