India successfully test-fires Interceptor Missile off Odisha coast

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Balasore: India on Thursday successfully test-fired its interceptor missile from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast from launch pad IV at about 11.24 am in Balasore district.

The indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile in low altitude.

Earlier four tests were conducted on March 1, 2017, February 11, 2017, December 28, 2017 and July 14, 2018. During the test an incoming ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted within 30 km altitude of the earth’s atmosphere.

The missile is being developed as part the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, which can intercept medium-range ballistic missiles travelling at speeds of Mach 3 to 8.

Israel, Russia, and the United States are the only three countries to have successfully developed an indigenous ballistic missile defense system.

The missile tested today constitutes the second tier defense against incoming enemy ballistic missiles in the two-tier BMD system.

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