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11:54 am - Tuesday November 21, 2017

Supersonic Interceptor Missile test fired

Agencies, Balasore

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired an indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile from the Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) off Odisha coast today.

The Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude, was test-fired at 1015 hours. This is for the second time the missile has been test-fired. On May 15, 2016, a low altitude (endo-atmospheric) test of AAD missile was successfully test launched from the same base.

An official said the interceptor 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 was test fired today to put in place a multi-layer missile defence system.

The interceptor was engaged against a target — Prithvi missile launched from launch complex three of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here and successfully hit the target. The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars, the official said.

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