India’s DRDO tests ballistic missile defence system

3 January 2018 (Last Updated January 5th, 2018 07:02)

The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully completed the test-firing of its ballistic missile defence (BMD) system.

The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully completed the test-firing of its ballistic missile defence (BMD) system.

During the test, DRDO’s interceptor missile successfully engaged an incoming ballistic missile.

Testing was carried out on LC-III integrated test range (ITR) complex on Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.

The incoming target was intercepted at an altitude of more than 15km.

Missiles and Strategic Systems director-general Dr G Sateesh Reddy said that the interception shows the country’s professional capability in high technology oriented ballistic missile defence.

“The latest interception is the fourth in a row where the missiles have accurately hit incoming targets.”

Radars located at various stations acquired the target, tracked them and passed information on to the Master Control Centre (MCC). It generated the expected trajectory of the target and alerted the interceptor missile, the Indian Ministry of Defence stated.

The interceptor was initially guided by the inertial navigational system and radars. After locking on to the target, the seeker took over and guided the missile towards the target.

Both the missiles were tracked by radars, electro-optical and telemetry stations, which recorded the final interception.

The latest interception is the fourth in a row where the missiles have accurately hit incoming targets, according to the statement.

Indian Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO for elevating the country with few select nations having similar BMD capabilities.