In­dia’s BMD to work against 5,000 km range mis­siles too

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In­dia’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­fence (BMD) sys­tem, a multi-lay­ered mis­sile sys­tem that is ca­pa­ble of in­ter­cept­ing en­emy bal­lis­tic mis­siles up to ranges of 2,000 km, is now steeped in two things: oper­a­tional­is­ing the ex­ist­ing PAD/AAD in­ter­cep­tor con­fig­u­ra­tion for de­ploy­ment in the near term, and adding a ca­pa­bil­ity to in­ter­cept bal­lis­tic mis­siles of 5,000+ km in range. The ex­ist­ing exo and endo-at­mo­spheric in­ter­cep­tors have been demon­strated with di­rect hits dur­ing mul­ti­ple tests.

Top DRDO sources in­di­cate that a few more tests of each weapon will lead to prepa­ra­tions for in­duc­tion into ser­vice. The rea­son why test­ing has not taken place so far for such an in­ter­cep­tor in­cludes rea­sons of the coun­try’s geom­e­try and ge­og­ra­phy, which pre­cludes such an am­bi­tious test. How­ever, sci­en­tists at the Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lab­o­ra­tory and other agen­cies are work­ing with the govern­ment to ar­rive at a so­lu­tion, that will be a hy­brid of sim­u­lated stud­ies as well as field test­ing.

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