India successfully tests upgraded interceptor missile

Published: November 23, 2015
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PHOTO COURTESY: THE HINDU

PHOTO COURTESY: THE HINDU

India successfully launched on Sunday an upgraded version of the interceptor missile against an electronically simulated target missile over the Bay of Bengal.

“The anti-ballistic missile, called AAD (Advanced Air Defence), took off at 9:40am from the APJ Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island soon after it received the command to waylay and destroy an incoming target missile in the endo-atmosphere (below 40 km altitude) after the conditions for the latter were electronically simulated without the actual launch of the missile,” The Hindu reported.

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Indian authorities have claimed that the successful launch of the interceptor missile’s upgraded version has provided a boost to India’s ballistic missile defence capability.

The newspaper further claimed that the conditions similar to the launch of a target missile from the Indian city of Balasore were electronically simulated and upon receiving its coordinates, the interceptor missile, travelling at a supersonic speed, engaged and reportedly destroyed the ‘virtual target’ in mid-flight.

India plans to deploy a two-tiered ballistic missile defence system to protect its important cities and vital military installations in case of an enemy attack.

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“The first phase seeks to destroy incoming enemy missiles of 2,000km range while the second phase envisages targeting the incoming missiles of more than 2,000km,” it said.

Of a total 11 interceptor missile tests conducted by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), nine of the missions are said to have been successful.

This article originally appeared on The Hindu.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Kirmani
    Nov 23, 2015 - 2:15PM

    `Virtual’ success against a virtual target! Will work against virtual enemies…Recommend

  • jayant
    Nov 23, 2015 - 2:39PM

    Now Pakistan will as usual find a negative and start wasting more IMF fund to make more missiles. Completely ignoring the logic that shields are defense not offense .. A tale of paranoid state. Pakistan has the knack of competing in areas of death, not daring to compete with India in fields like tech, IT,Pharma, Infra, etc etc not even polio.Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 23, 2015 - 2:49PM

    virtual simulation is very important for real combat. if you don’t know about the warfare strategy please keep silence.Recommend

  • Xnain
    Nov 23, 2015 - 3:57PM

    @jayant:
    All they have to do is to tweak the new missiles to defeat the new parameters. I would always take Indian products with a pinch of salt. More hype than substance really.Recommend

  • Walsh
    Nov 23, 2015 - 4:07PM

    India testing missile, while more than 49.8% of the Indian population lacks even the defecate in the open. Nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion people have no toilet at home and our leaders are testing missles. More than 21.9% of Indians live BELOW poverty lines with many living in poverty. And the leaders instead of feeding their people and improving health and sanitation facilities are testing missiles. I remember when they actually tested a missle not virtually after an initial flight it landed back on the India soil. STOP this madness and invest in your people who are leaving India in doves Recommend

  • LOL
    Nov 23, 2015 - 4:07PM

    @Kirmani: what else do you expect from the filmy nation ?Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 23, 2015 - 4:24PM

    @Kirmani:
    Time will tell when your so called virtual enemies will feel real BMD heat.So far as i can see the whole BMD system is not virtual,the AAD and PAD missiles are not virtual,the target is not virtual and the 9 successful tests are also not virtual and that’s a very bad news for your so called virtual enemies and as i can see they are all real and are happening..If the enemies see them Virtual then that’s none of India’s business.Recommend

  • daku
    Nov 23, 2015 - 4:35PM

    @ jayant. it was actually an indian reply to our already successful missile technology.Recommend

  • Alladitta
    Nov 23, 2015 - 4:37PM

    How can we trust what you say? First let us be sitting in the room with you when you conduct such tests and also give us the blueprints and computer algorithms so that Pakistani scientists can determine if they are correct.Recommend

  • SEAsian
    Nov 23, 2015 - 5:25PM

    PoK will have to wait until this technology is perfected. Recommend

  • Wajahat Khan
    Nov 23, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Look at Mr Modi’s priorities, India is the home of largest population of poor people. There are no basic facilities of life such as clean water, health and education. Yet the defense expenditures reaches to new highest. Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Nov 23, 2015 - 7:05PM

    You should have asked Pakistanis to fire a real missile to test your interception capabilities instead of a virtual one as real cruise missiles can change its paths and short range ones cant be intercepted!Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 23, 2015 - 8:39PM

    @Wajahat Khan:

    What Mr Modi’s priorities???
    These BMD System development started decades ago much before Mr Modi became PM.Stop involving Modi everywhere.Recommend

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