Suc­cess­ful test-fir­ing of AAD en­doat­mo­spheric in­ter­cep­tor mis­sile

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

DRDO con­ducted the suc­cess­ful launch of the in­ter­cep­tor mis­sile Ad­vanced Area De­fence (AAD) re­cently from Ab­dul Kalam Is­land, Odisha. The endo-at­mo­spheric mis­sile, ca­pa­ble of in­ter­cept­ing in­com­ing tar­gets at an alti­tude of 15 to 25 km suc­cess­fully, de­stroyed the in­com­ing mis­sile. All the mis­sion ob­jec­tives were suc­cess­fully met.

The weapon sys­tem radars tracked the tar­get and pro­vided the ini­tial guid­ance to the in­ter­cep­tor which could pre­cisely home on to the tar­get and de­stroyed it in endo-at­mo­spheric layer. The com­plete event, in­clud­ing the en­gage­ment and de­struc­tion, was tracked by a num­ber of elec­tro-op­ti­cal track­ing sys­tems us­ing in­frared im­agery. Radars and teleme­try sta­tions tracked the tar­get and the in­ter­cep­tor till the de­struc­tion of the tar­get. The launch has proved the Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile De­fence (BMD) prow­ess of the coun­try.

The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar con­grat­u­lated DRDO on the suc­cess­ful launch of the in­ter­cep­tor mis­sile. Chair­man DRDO and Sec­re­tary Depart­ment of De­fence R&D Dr S. Christopher also con­grat­u­lated team AAD for the suc­cess­ful test-fir­ing.

Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor to Rak­sha Mantri and Direc­tor Gen­eral (Mis- siles & Strate­gic Sys­tems), DRDO Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy mon­i­tored the launch op­er­a­tion along with other se­nior of­fi­cials.

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