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India Successfully Test Fires Long-Range Missile Interceptor System (PDV Mission)
Apr 29, 2014

New Delhi upped the strategic ante as it successfully test-fired a new interceptor capable of destroying incoming long-range missiles. On 27 April India’s Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile successfully intercepted an incoming surface-to-surface ballistic missile fired from a ship off the coast in the Bay of Bengal. 

The test was successful and it is the first time that India successfully conducted the test of an exo-atmospheric interceptor. The test is part of double-tiered missile defence system that India’s military hopes will provide a multi-layered defence system against any potential ballistic missile strike.

 It is a system to intercept enemy missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers. The missiles will get intercepted at range of more than 100 kilometers away, so that damage to our cities can be prevented. DRDO has already successfully tested six interceptor missiles, both in endo-atmosphere (within 30 km altitude above sea level) and exo-atmosphere stage (above 30 km altitude).

The Prithvi Defence Vehicle has already demonstrated its killing capability at an altitude of 50 km and 80 km, while the AAD interceptor has successfully neutralized targets at an altitude of 15 km to 30 km.

Both, the PDV interceptor and the two stage target equipped with motors were specially developed for the PDV mission. The target was developed for mimicking a ‘hostile Ballistic Missile approaching from more than 2000 km away’ was launched from a ship in the Bay of Bengal.

In an automated operation, radar based detection and tracking system detected and tracked the enemy's ballistic missile. The computer network with the help of data received from Radars predicted the Trajectory of the incoming Ballistic Missile. PDV that was kept fully ready took-off once the Computer system gave the necessary command for lift-off.

The Interceptor guided by high accuracy Inertial Navigation System (INS) supported by a Redundant Micro Navigation System moved towards the estimated point of the interception. Once Missile crossed 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 mission was completed and the interception parameters were achieved.


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