India fires supersonic interceptor missile
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India on Thursday successfully test-fired an indigenously developed advanced air defense supersonic interceptor missile. This missile is capable of destroying an incoming ballistic missile at a lower altitude.
The missile successfully hit an incoming ballistic missile head-on at an altitude of 35km. This test was carried out from a test range in the country’s eastern state of Odisha, officials said.
The defense sources claimed after the test launch that it was a direct hit and it was a grand success. The test was carried out to authenticate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode and it was all success.
The interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile which is equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer, and an electromechanical aviator said the sources.
It also has its own secure data link for interception, independent tracking, mobile launcher, and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars.
This year, this was the third supersonic interceptor test which was carried by India, in which an incoming ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted. Earlier as well, similar tests were conducted in the months of February and March, respectively.