India`s own interceptor missile to be test-fired today

Last Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010 - 10:16

Balasore (Orissa): After being put off
on Sunday, the test-fire of India`s indigenously built Advanced
Air Defence (ADD) interceptor missile, capable of destroying
hostile in-coming ballistic missiles, is likely to be held at
Integrated Test Range Island off the Orissa coast on Monday.

The trial to be held at the Wheeler Island was
postponed due to some technical snag in the sub-system,
official sources said.

After sorting out the problem and thorough examination of
all systems, it was decided to make the test today as part
of efforts to develop a full fledged multi-layer Ballistic
Missile Defence System, defence sources said.

As planned earlier, the test-fire is proposed to be
carried out from two different launch sites of ITR, they said.

The target missile, a modified indigenously built Prithvi,
would first lift off from a mobile launcher from the ITR`s
launch complex at Chandipur-on-sea, 15 km from here.

Minutes later the interceptor missile would blast off
from the Wheeler`s Island, about 70 km across the sea from
Chandipur, to intercept it at an altitude of 15 to 20 km in
mid-air over the waters.

Yet to get a formal name, the new hypersonic interceptor
missile is only called `AAD` and is meant to be used in
`endo-atmospheric conditions`.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 15, 2010 - 10:16

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