INDIAN DRDO PLANS FIRST PRITHVI DEFENCE VEHICLE LAUNCH
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.