India successful test ballistic missile defence new interceptor for the first time

By N. C. Bipindra

New Delhi: India today carried out a successful maiden flight test of the phase-II of the Ballistic Missile Defence interceptor off the Odisha coast, in a major boost to self-reliance in countering possible enemy attacks.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the test of the BMD interceptor, nicknamed AD-1 missile, from the A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Island, a Ministry of Defence statement said.

The AD-1 missile has a large kill altitude bracket and the flight-test was carried out with participation of all BMD weapon system elements located at different geographical locations, it said.

“The AD-1 is a long-range interceptor missile designed for both low exo-atmospheric and endo-atmospheric interception of long-range ballistic missiles as well as aircraft. It is propelled by a two-stage solid motor and equipped with indigenously-developed advanced control system, navigation and guidance algorithm to precisely guide the vehicle to the target.”

During the flight-test, all the sub-systems performed as per expectations and were validated by the data captured by a number of range sensors including Radar, Telemetry and Electro Optical Tracking stations deployed to capture the flight data.

India’s Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and other teams associated with successful flight trial of AD-1. He termed it as a unique type of interceptor with advanced technologies available with a very few nations in the world. He exuded confidence that it will further strengthen the country’s BMD capability to the next level.

DRDO Chairman and Department of Defence Research and Development Secretary Dr Samir V. Kamat congratulated his team on the successful trial, stating that this interceptor will provide great operational flexibility to the users and having capability to engage many different types of targets.

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