IN­DIAN MIS­SILE DE­FENCE SYS­TEM READY, SAYS DRDO CHIEF

SP's LandForces - - SHOW REPORT / INTERVIEW -

Al­most seven years af­ter it be­gan test­ing, In­dia’s lay­ered mis­sile de­fence shield is ready for in­duc­tion, ac­cord­ing to DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat. The two-lay­ered mis­sile de­fence sys­tem, com­pris­ing an exo-at­mo­spheric PAD in­ter­cep­tor and an endo-at­mo­spheric AAD in­ter­cep­tor, is in­tended for area de­fence against long-range bal­lis­tic and cruise mis­sile threats, and has been com­pared in per­for­mance by the DRDO chief to be on par with the US-built Pa­triot PAC-3 sys­tem, which it­self has been on of­fer to In­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the BMD sys­tem will first be de­ployed for the pro­tec­tion of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR). Built to op­er­ate with a long-range track­ing radar, the lay­ered sys­tem works in two phases. In Phase 1 the AAD and PAD in­ter­cep­tors will pro­vide de­fence against 2,000 km range tar­gets. In the sec­ond phase, which will then be dove­tailed with the ex­ist­ing phase, two new in­ter­cep­tors, des­ig­nated AD-1 and AD-2, are be­ing de­vel­oped to in­ter­cept 5,000 km range tar­gets. Tech­nolo­gies for the more com­plex sec­ond phase in­clude kill ve­hi­cles with di­rec­tional war­heads, hy­per­sonic aero­dy­nam­ics, di­vert at­ti­tude con­trol sys­tems and IIR seek­ers us­ing in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion. Ac­cord­ing to DRDO schemat­ics, the unique sys­tem has a kill prob­a­bil­ity of 99.8 per cent with the po­ten­tial launch of four in­ter­cep­tors, which in­volves de­struc­tion of tar­get war­head be­fore the right of ini­ti­a­tion.

The AAD in­ter­cep­tor, in­ci­den­tally, is also be­ing de­vel­oped for a cruise mis­sile in­ter­cep­tion role, which in­volves

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