India has reportedly test-fired the indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile from a test range at Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha state.
During the trial, the rocket-propelled missile successfully intercepted a Prithvi missile launched from a ship in the Bay of Bengal, The Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
According to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials, the test evaluated various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode.
An unnamed DRDO official was quoted by PTI as saying: "The ‘kill’ effect of the interceptor was ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources."
The 7.5m-long missile has been designed for intercepting missiles at endo-atmospheric altitudes of up to 30km.
It features a navigation system, an electro-mechanical activator, mobile launcher, independent tracking and homing capabilities, and a secure data link for interception.
India is currently developing a multi-layered defence system to protect from ballistic missile attacks.
Meanwhile, Radio Pakistan quoted Pakistan Foreign Ministry Advisor Sartaj Aziz as saying that the test fire of AAD would disturb the strategic balance of power in region.