India stages successful test of supersonic missile interceptor

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MAMOSA Report — India has successfully test-fired its indigenously designed Advanced Air Defense interceptor against a ballistic missile traveling at low altitude.

The test on Monday was the second within a month and is part of India’s effort to develop a multi-layered missile defense system.

“Today’s test launch was conducted in order to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode,” an Indian defense official told reporters.

In the test, a Prithvi ballistic missile was launched from a test range at Chandipur, while the AAD interceptor was launched four minutes later from Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal after receiving signals from tracking radars.

Like during previous tests, the target was presumably launched from an Indian warship in the Bay of Bengal, The Diplomat reported.

The test firing from a mobile missile launcher occurred at 10:15 a.m. local time.

According to reports, the AAD destroyed the Prithvi in mid-air at an endo-atmospheric altitude, or less than 60 miles high.

The AAF interceptor, fired from a mobile launcher, was a single-stage missile with a navigation system, a high-tech computer, an electro-mechanical activator and independent tracking and homing capabilities.

It will be at least another two years before the interceptor missile is ready for deployment to protect sensitive targets, The Times of India reported.

Like previous tests, the March 1 missile launch may lead to strong condemnation from Pakistan, which in January test-fired a new medium range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads using Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle (MIRV) technology.

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