New Delhi: The indigenously developed
ballistic missile defence system will be test fired in August
this year, a top defence official said on Thursday.
"Now the (ballistic missile defence system) test is
going to be conducted in the month of August during which we
will try to intercept a missile at altitudes of 15-20
kilometres," DRDO chief V K Saraswat told reporters here.
The ballistic missile defence system is being
developed by the premier Defence Research and Development
Organisation to thwart an enemy missile attack.
Referring to the failed test of the system on March
15, he said, "The anti-missile system is a two-tiered system
where you first launch the target missile and then you launch
the hit missile. Since the target was not launched as planned,
the anti ballistic missile system did not trigger."
Saraswat said that the DRDO was taking precautions to
prevent any failure in the August test.
"Whenever there is a deviation, we will always take
precautions. This is part of our development process," he
India plans to deploy the first phase of the missile
shield by 2012 after completing a series of trials and
evaluating its target range.
Two different missiles have been developed as part of
the system for endo-atmospheric and exo-atmospheric
interception of an incoming ballistic missiles.
Replying to a query on the Indo-Israeli joint venture
to develop a medium range surface-to-air missile, the DRDO
chief said, "More than 70 per cent of the content in the
missile being developed with Israel would be indigenous."
Noting that the programme was going ahead smoothly,
Saraswat said that agencies such as the BDL, the BEL and the
DRDO have been designated for the project.