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Interceptor missile test-fired successfully

India on Friday successfully test fired its homegrown Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island in Orissa on Friday.....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Bhubaneswar |
March 7, 2009 1:12:23 am

India on Friday successfully test fired its homegrown Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island in Orissa on Friday. This was the third test of the indigenous interceptor missile.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said that the two-stage interceptor missile achieved all mission objectives and destroyed the incoming ‘enemy’ missile at an altitude of 75 km,the highest ever by the Indian BMD system.

A Dhanush missile was fired from a Navy warship,the INS Rajput,at 4.21 pm to mimic the trajectory of an incoming enemy ballistic missile. The decoy missile achieved an altitude of 120 km. It was tracked by ground-based radars and an interceptor missile was launched at 4.24 pm to bring it down. “The interceptor missile was launched from a mobile launcher located on Wheeler Island Launch Complex and completely destroyed the incoming missile,” DRDO officials said.

DRDO sources who witnessed the test said that Friday’s test validated the capabilities of the indigenously developed Swordfish Long Range Tracking Radar (LRTR).

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