Missile Defense: Interceptor Missile Tested Successfully

March 8, 2009 -- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has flight tested its third Ballistic Missile Interceptor on 06 March 2009 at 1624 hrs from Wheeler Island, Integrated Test Range (ITR).

It has said it has successfully achieved the mission objectives set. The two stage Interceptor Missile fitted with advanced systems neutralized the target enemy missile at a 75 km altitude.

To mimic the incoming enemy's ballistic missile trajectory, a Dhanush missile went to an altitude of 120-km and was launched from a ship about 100-km off the coast. The Interceptor missile was launched from mobile launcher located on the Wheeler Island Launch Complex.

"The third consecutive interception of a ballistic missiles once again demonstrated the robustness of the Indian BMD system. DRDO have already conducted two interception trials, first in Exo-atmospheric region at 48 Kms altitude on 27th November 06 and second in endo-atmospheric region at 15 kms using AAD missile on 06 Dec 07," the DRDO said. (india-defence)

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