Press Esc to close
Wednesday 23 July 2014
News updated at 5:09 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 21.3°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Interceptor missile successfully test fired

Balasore (Odisha), Nov 23 2012 , DHNS
Wheelers Island: Intercepetor Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile is test fired at Wheelers Island, in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha on Friday. PTI Photo

India on Friday successfully test fired indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile showcasing the country’s capability to destroy enemy missiles and protect important cities, civilian and defence installations.

The tests were conducted over the Bay of Bengal off Odisha’s north coastal districts of Balasore and Bhadrak.

Official sources said, at 12:51 pm on Friday, a modified Prithvi missile christened as “enemy” or “hostile” missile was fired from launch pad three at the Interim Test Range of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) missile testing centre located at Chandipur in Balasore district.


As soon as radars installed at different places on the Odisha coastline identified the hostile missile, the 7.5 meter long interceptor missile equipped with a navigation system, a high tech computer and electro mechanical activator was fired from launch pad four of another DRDO missile testing centre located 70 kms away at Wheelers Island in Bhadrak district.

“Within four minutes after the ‘enemy’ missile took off from Chandipur, the interceptor missile tracked and destroyed it at an altitude of about 15 kms over the Bay of Bengal,” sources said.

The tests often described as “missile-versus-missile” test had its first flight in November 2006. The last successful test was held in February.

Several DRDO scientists besides V K Saraswat, scientific advisor to Union defence minister A K Antony were present at Wheelers Island.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A worker sorting tomatoes at a vegetable market in...

A worker sorting tomatoes at a vegetable market in...

(From left) Singer Talat Aziz, Pankaj Udhas and Anup Jalota at a press conference to announce...

(From left) Singer Talat Aziz, Pankaj Udhas and Anup Jalota at a press conference to announce...

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar during the launch of Kaspersky Kids...

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar during the launch of Kaspersky Kids...

A bull stands inside a shop selling clothes at Varanasi...

A bull stands inside a shop selling clothes at Varanasi...

Actress Mandira Bedi with her son during the launch of Philips...

Actress Mandira Bedi with her son during the launch of Philips...

Stage dancers dressed up like MG Ramachandran (MGR), Rajnikanth and Kamalhassan...

Stage dancers dressed up like MG Ramachandran (MGR), Rajnikanth and Kamalhassan...

Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal looks on as CEO Cramer Bell (left) and James Hogan, President and

Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal looks on as CEO Cramer Bell (left) and James Hogan, President and

First lady heavy vehicle driver of Assam Deepali Rajkhowa on the driving seat...

First lady heavy vehicle driver of Assam Deepali Rajkhowa on the driving seat...

Hindu devotees travel past holy ghats on the banks of the river Ganges...

Hindu devotees travel past holy ghats on the banks of the river Ganges...

Visitors at Parliament House in New Delhi on Wed..

Visitors at Parliament House in New Delhi on Wed..

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523