IN­DIAN DRDO PLANS FIRST PRITHVI DE­FENCE VE­HI­CLE LAUNCH

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The In­dian De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) is con­sid­er­ing the first test launch of the newly-de­vel­oped in­ter­cep­tor mis­sile from a de­fence base off the Odisha coast in Jan­uary 2014. Called as Prithvi De­fence Ve­hi­cle (PDV), the in­ter­cep­tor is ca­pa­ble of de­stroy­ing enemy mis­sile with a strike range of 2,500 km out­side the earth’s at­mos­phere, at an al­ti­tude of more than 150 km. Car­ried out as part of In­dia’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­fence (BMD) pro­gramme, the launch will fea­ture the in­ter­cep­tor and enemy mis­siles, pro­grammed at sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions in Chandipur and Wheeler Is­land, In­dia. Pow­ered by solid pro­pel­lants, the two-stage PDV in­ter­cep­tor is fit­ted to an in­no­va­tive sys­tem for con­trol­ling the ve­hi­cle at an al­ti­tude of over 150 km and is an­tic­i­pated to re­place the pro­gramme air de­fence (PAD) in­ter­cep­tor.

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