- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully carried out a test of an interceptor missile, further validating the reliability of the under-development, two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) in shooting down enemy missiles.
More Details on Ballistic Missile Defence:
- It is an endo-atmospheric missile, which can intercept missiles at ranges of 15-30 km
- It was launched from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast in response to an incoming ‘enemy’ missile which was launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur.
- The missile intercepted the incoming missile at an altitude of 15 km scoring a direct hit.
- The BMD consists of two interceptor missiles, the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) for exo-atmospheric ranges and the Advanced Area Defence (AAD) missile for endo-atmosphere or lower altitudes.
- The BMD is critical to protect the country from the long-range ballistic missiles proliferating in the neighbourhood.
- DRDO expects to have shield ready for deployment by 2022.
Source: The Hindu