India successfully test fires high speed interceptor missile off Odisha coast

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Balasore: India successfully test-fired high speed interceptor missile Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) against an electronic target from a defence facility off Odisha coast on Tuesday.

The anti-ballistic missile developed by Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) is capable of destroying enemy weapons at high altitude.

Defence sources said that the data generated during the mission are being analysed.

The interceptor was launched from launch complex-IV of Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).

Worth mentioning, PDV is capable of killing an incoming missile with a strike range of around 2000 km outside the earth’s atmosphere. Earlier in September last year, a night trial of the mission was conducted for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region.

The interceptor is guided by a high-accuracy Inertial Navigation System (INS) and supported by a Redundant Micro Navigation System (RMNS) which moves towards the estimated point of the interception.

Interceptor missiles have been developed by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) as a strategic weapon against ballistic missile attacks. Successful trials of the endo interceptor missile (AAD) and exo-interceptor missile (PDV) were also carried out in August 2018 and September 2018, respectively, according to a defence ministry release.

India is the fifth nation in the world to develop a comprehensive Ballistic Missile Defence system. The other countries are the US, Russia, Israel and China.

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