India successfully test-fires Interceptor Missile off Odisha coast

KalingaTV News Network

Bhadrak: India on Thursday test-fired its indigenous developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

The missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile, was successfully test-fired from the launch pad IV at 11.30 AM despite adverse weather conditions. It can successfully target the incoming missile after reaching 20 km from the sea level, sources said

The AAD interceptor missile is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator.

The missile is being developed as part the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, which can intercept medium-range ballistic missiles travelling at speeds of Mach 3 to 8.

Israel, Russia, and the United States are the only three countries to have successfully developed an indigenous ballistic missile defence system.

Senior scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) were present during the test fire of the interceptor missile.

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