Indian defence and missile technology is undoubtedly growing in leaps and bounds and hitting the headlines every day.
Ushering us into an era of sophisticated weapons of warfare the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Thursday, successfully test fired the robust Advanced Air Defence supersonic interceptor missile. With this feat India achieves the status of fourth country in the world, after Russia, US and Israel to master the technology of hitting a missile with another.
This AAD which was test fired from Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha at 9:45 am, Thursday, is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile at low altitude of as low as 30 kms within the earth’s atmosphere.
sources from the DRDO recorded this missile test as a “direct hit and grand success” and a third of its kind conducted this year. Earlier this year two other supersonic interceptor tests were carried out in March 1st and February 11th.
The interceptor is a 7.5 metre long single stage rocket propelled guided missile equipped with its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars.
It consists of an in-built navigator, advanced computer and electro-mechanical activator which makes it state-of-the art weapon. This supersonic missile weighs 1.2 tonnes with a diameter of 0.5 metres.
This one of its kind hi-tech supersonic interceptor missile travels at almost five times the speed of sound.
The AAD/Ashin missile interceptor missile is part of India’s two stage ballistic missile defence system(BMD) designed to target incoming enemy missiles at the endo-atmosphere altitudes of 20 to 40 kilometres.
The powerful ballistic missile system provides a two-layered shield-endo (inside) and exo (outside) to attack inside as well as outside the earth’s atmosphere.
Today during the missile test the interceptor AAD missile positioned itself after getting signals from the radar and swooped through the trajectory to destroy the incumbent Prithvi missile mid-air in an endo-atmospheric altitude.
The launch of AAD was 12th in the series of interceptor missiles technology developed by DRDO. Previously the DRDO had conducted 11 missile tests of which 9 were successful.
According to DRDO sources, India is in the process of developing another range of advanced defence system aimed to destroy high speed ballistic missiles.
This latest supersonic missile interceptor will soon be inducted into the Indian army to provide an edge to its advanced ballistic missile technology.