India Tests Supersonic Interceptor Missile

IAS Prelims 2023

India test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

The interceptor, known as Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile.

The interceptor roared through its trajectory at around 10 AM to destroy an electronically prepared target which was fired from the Chandipur Test Range.

The kill effect of Supersonic Interceptor Missile was being ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources.

The interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator.

The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking andhoming capabilities and sophisticated radars.

In April this year, the AAD missile had failed to hit the target missile during a similar test.