India successfully test fires interceptor missile: ITR sources
India today successfully conducted the trial of indigenously developed interceptor missile to establish a ballistic missile shield for intercepting and destroying incoming missiles, from the Integrated Test Range(ITR) at Chandipur and Wheeler island on Dhamara coast, ITR sources said.
The interceptor missile, test fired from the Wheeler Island in the Bay of Bengal at 1256 hours hrs, hit the incoming surface-to-surface target missile, a modified indigenously built 'Prithvi', posing as an enemy missile, which lifted off from a mobile launcher from the ITR at Chandipur-on-sea at 1254 hours.
The Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile using a radio frequency seeker on-board was blasted off from Wheeler Island about 70 km across the sea from Chandipur.
The missile, sources said, destroyed the target missile midair over the Bay of Bengal. The interception took place at low altitude, the sources said.
The seven-meter-long AAD interceptor is a single stage solid rocket-propelled guided missile, equipped with an inertial navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator totally under command by the data up linked from the sophisticated ground based radars to the interceptor, defence sources said.