India successfully test-fires Advanced Air Defence supersonic interceptor missile from Odisha coast

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Chandipur: The indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile in low altitude, was successfully test-fired from the ranges of ITR, Chandipur off the Baleswar coast. This was the third supersonic interceptor test carried out this year in which an incoming ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted, within 30 km altitude of the earth’s atmosphere by an interceptor. The earlier two tests were conducted on March 1 and February 11, 2017 “It was a direct hit and grand success,” sources said.

The test was conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode, said sources, adding after getting signals by tracking radars, the interceptor AAD missile, positioned at Dhamra Island in the Bay of Bengal, roared through its trajectory to destroy the hostile target missile in mid-air in an endo-atmospheric altitude.

The interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator.

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