Published On: Sat, Feb 11th, 2017

Interceptor missile successfully test-fired

Balasore: India on Saturday successfully test-fired its interceptor missile off the Odisha coast.

He said that both, the PDV interceptor and the two stage target missile, were successfully engaged

The interceptor was launched from Abdul Kalam Island at about 7.45 am and is a significant milestone in the direction of developing a two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system.

This mission, termed as “PDV mission is for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 km of earth’s atmosphere”, said a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) official.

He said that both, the PDV interceptor and the two stage target missile, were successfully engaged.

In an automated operation, radar based detection and tracking system detected and tracked the enemy’s ballistic missile.

The computer network with the help of data received from radars predicted the trajectory of the incoming Ballistic Missile.

PDV that was kept fully ready, took-off once the computer system gave the necessary command for lift-off.

Once the missile crossed the atmosphere, the Heat Shield ejected and the 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.

All events were monitored in real-time by the Telemetry/Range Stations, at various other locations.

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