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India Successfully Test-fires Ballistic Missile Interceptor

Bhubaneswar: India on Friday successfully test fired a ballistic missile interceptor from a defence base in Odisha as part of its efforts to create a shield against incoming enemy missiles, an official said. The indigenous Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile was fired from Wheeler Island off the coast near Dhamra in Bhadrak district, about 170 km from here.

The interceptor was fired a few minutes after the target missile was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district, about 70 km from Wheeler Island.

The interceptor missile successfully destroyed the target missile at an altitude of 15 km. The interception took place at 12.52 pm, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) spokesperson Ravi Kumar Gupta told IANS.

The electronic target with a range of 1,500 km was launched and the radars picked up the target missile, tracked the target missile subsequently and launched an electronic interceptor missile. This electronic interceptor missile destroyed the electronic target missile at an altitude of 120 km. All the missiles — the physical and the electronically simulated — were tracked by the radars and all the guidance and launch computers operated in full operational mode for handling multiple targets with multiple interceptor.