India test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile from a test range off Odisha coast.
- The interceptor, known as Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, was engaged against an electronically prepared target which simulated the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.
- After getting signals from tracking radars, the interceptor, positioned at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island), roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming missile mid-air in an endo-atmospheric altitude.
- The “kill” effect of the interceptor was being ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources.
About Advanced Air Defence (AAD)
AAD is a part of Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme. It is an anti-ballistic missile designed to intercept incoming ballistic missiles in the endo-atmosphere at an altitude of 30 km (19 mi).
|Length||7.5 m (25 ft.)|
|Weight||1.2 t (1.2 long tons; 1.3 short tons)|
|Diameter||Less than 0.5 m (1 ft. 8 in)|
- AAD is a single-stage, solid-fuelled missile.
- It is equipped with an inertial navigation system, midcourse updates from ground based radar and active radar homing in the terminal phase, hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator.
- The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars.