India launches AAD endo-atmospheric interceptor missile

1 March 2017 (Last Updated March 1st, 2017 18:30)

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully launched the Advanced Area Defence (AAD) anti-ballistic interceptor missile from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.

India launches AAD endo-atmospheric interceptor missile

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully launched the Advanced Area Defence (AAD) anti-ballistic interceptor missile from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.

During the trial, the endo-atmospheric AAD missile successfully destroyed the incoming Prithvi missile target and met all mission objectives.

The target was launched from launch complex III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha, India, reported the Press Trust of India (PTI).

A wide range of electro-optical tracking systems, featuring infrared imagery, were deployed in order to track the complete missile launch event, including the engagement and destruction.

"A wide range of electro-optical tracking systems, featuring infrared imagery, were deployed in order to track the complete missile launch event."

Radars and telemetry stations were used to track the target until it was destroyed.

The AAD anti-ballistic interceptor missile launch operation was monitored by Indian Ministry of Defence’s scientific advisor and DRDO Missiles and Strategic Systems director general Dr G. Satheesh Reddy along with other senior officials from the organisation.

As reported by PTI, the current launch of the AAD is the second time the missile has been test-fired within one month and is part of the government’s effort to deploy a multi-layer missile defence system.

Capable of intercepting incoming targets at altitudes ranging from 15km to 25km, the anti-ballistic AAD interceptor missile is equipped with radars that track targets and provide the initial guidance to the interceptor, which could precisely home on to the target and destroy it in the endo-atmospheric layer.


Image: DRDO successfully test-fires AAD anti-ballistic interceptor missile from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha, India. Photo: courtesy of Government of India, Ministry of Defence.