DRDO concludes 2017 with success; AAD interceptor test fired successfully
The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) concluded the year 2017 with another of the massive success.
India successfully tested homegrown supersonic interceptor which successfully destroyed an incoming
ballistic missile at endo-atmospheric region over Bay of Bengal on Thursday.
Defence sources said the low altitude Advanced Area Defence (AAD) interceptor missile fired from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast zoomed in on the target launched from launching complex – III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) and intercepted it at an altitude of 15 km.
This was the second successful test of the interceptor missile this year and it has demonstrated its killing capability in a row. It was test fired from the same test range on March 1.
The weapon system radars tracked the target and provided the initial guidance to the interceptor which could precisely home on to the target and destroyed it in endo-atmospheric layer.
The complete event including the engagement and destruction was tracked by a number of electro-optical tracking systems using infrared imagery.
Indigenously developed by DRDO, the AAD interceptor is a single-stage missile powered by solid propellants. It is 7.5 metres tall and weighs around 1.2 tonnes. It had a diameter of less than 0.5 metre. >