India test-fires AAD interceptor missile

22 November 2015 (Last Updated November 22nd, 2015 18:30)

India has test-fired the indigenously built advanced air defence (AAD) interceptor missile, which was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

India has test-fired the indigenously built advanced air defence (AAD) interceptor missile, which was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The missile was fired from Abdul Kalam Island, near the Odisha coast.

Known as Ashwin, the 7.5m-long ADD missile was equipped with its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities, and sophisticated radars.

"The test was conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode."

The missile travelled through its trajectory to hit an incoming target, which simulated a hostile ballistic missile.

DRDO has not officially confirmed the results for the 11th test-firing of the interceptor missile.

An unnamed source was quoted by The Economic Times as saying: "The test was conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode."

A DRDO scientist was also quoted as saying: "The kill effect of the interceptor was being ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources."

In April, the AAD missile had failed to hit the target missile during a similar test.

Powered by solid propellants, the AAD is a single-stage, anti-ballistic missile designed to intercept incoming missiles at an altitude of 30km.

Along with the Prithvi air defence missile, the missile makes up DRDO's experimental two-tier ballistic missile defence system, which is developed to track and intercept any incoming missile launched from a distance of 5,000km.