India SuccessfullyTest-fires Long Range Interceptor Missile - The New Indian Express

India SuccessfullyTest-fires Long Range Interceptor Missile

Published: 28th April 2014 09:46 AM

Last Updated: 28th April 2014 09:51 AM

India on Sunday created history by test-launching state-of-the-art Gen-next interceptor missile from a defence base off the Odisha coast. The missile is capable of destroying an incoming missile with a strike range of around 2,000 km outside the earth’s atmosphere. Only a few countries have such a capability.

In a significant milestone achieved in developing a two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, DRDO successfully carried out the maiden ‘Prithvi Defence Vehicle’ (PDV) mission meeting the objectives perfectly. The interceptor missile perfectly destroyed the target missile, which mimicked an enemy missile.

Defence sources said the PDV mission was aimed at engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at about more than 120 km altitude. The interceptor missile was test- fired at 9.08 am from the launching complex-IV off the Wheeler Island, just over one minute after the target missile was fired from a ship located nearly 70 km off the Paradip coast.

Both the PDV interceptor and the two-stage target missile equipped with motors had been specially developed for the PDV mission. The target had been developed for mimicking a “hostile ballistic missile approaching from more than 2,000 km away”.

After the target missile was fired, the radar-based system detected and tracked the ballistic missile. Soon after, the computer network, with the help of data received from radars, predicted the trajectory of the incoming ballistic missile and gave requisite command to fire the interceptor missile.

The PDV, that was kept fully ready, took off after the computer system gave the necessary command for lift-off. The entire mission control room went into raptures as the missile rose majestically into the sky, spewing thick smoke and fire.

“The interceptor, guided by high accuracy Inertial Navigation System (INS) and supported by a Redundant Micro Navigation System (RMNS), moved towards the estimated point of the interception. After the missile crossed atmosphere, the heat shield ejected and the Infrared (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,” said a defence official.

All events were monitored in real-time by the telemetry and range stations at various other locations. The mission was completed and the interception parameters were achieved as coordinated.

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