India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha coast.
"DRDO conducted the successful test of the Ballistic Missile Interceptor Advanced Area Defence (AAD) at 1130 hours today from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha," a Defence Ministry statement said.
Describing the trial as a success, it said, "The mission objectives were successfully met".
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the Defence Research and Development (DRDO) on the successful flight test for further boosting the defence capabilities of the country.
". @DRDO_India successfully tested Ballistic Missile Interceptor Advanced Air Defence (AAD) at 11:30 hrs today from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha & all mission objectives were accurately met. The missile is capable of destroying incoming hostile targets at altitude of 15 to 25 kms," she tweeted.
The endo-atmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 km was launched against multiple simulated targets of 1,500 km class ballistic missile, the release said.
The interceptor is a 7.5-metre long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator, sources said.
The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars, DRDO sources said.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, witnessed the flight test along with other senior officials, the release said. PTI