NEW DELHI : India on Saturday successfully tests fired its interceptor missile off the Bay of Bengal, wherein an incoming ballistic missile target was intercepted by an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile.
The missile the test fired at around 7.45 a.m. from Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) of ITR.at about 7.45 am, a Defence Research Development Organisation official said, adding that the mission, termed as "PDV mission is for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 kilometer of earth's atmosphere."
"Both, the PDV interceptor and the two-stage target missile, were successfully engaged," he said.
With this commendable achievement, India has crossed a significant milestone in building its overall capability towards enhanced security against incoming ballistic missile threats.
With this Indian has also entered an exclusive club of four nations with developing capabilities to secure its skies and cities against hostile threats.
The Interceptor guided by high accuracy Inertial Navigation System supported by a Redundant Micro Navigation System moved towards the estimated point of the interception.
Once the missile crossed the atmosphere, the Heat Shield ejected and the IR Seeker dome opened to look at the Target location as designated by the Mission Computer.
With the help of Inertial Guidance and IR Seeker, the missile moved for interception. All events were monitored in real-time by the Telemetry/Range Stations at various other locations, the statement added
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar lauded the efforts of the DRDO for this significant achievement.