India on 28 December 2017 successfully test-fired indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile from a test range in Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
This Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) directly hit the target at an altitude of about 15 kilometre and destroyed it into fragments.
AAD Supersonic Interceptor Missile
• The supersonic interceptor missile is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile.
• It is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile at low altitude.
• It is equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator.
• It has its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars.
This was the third supersonic interceptor test that took place in the year 2017. The earlier two tests were conducted on 11 February and 1 March as part of attempts to have a full-fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system.
In all these three tests, an incoming ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted within 30 km altitude of the earth's atmosphere by an interceptor.
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When: 28 December 2017