Interceptor missile off the Odisha coast was successfully tested on Friday from Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) of ITR at about 7.45 AM by achieving a significant milestone in the direction of developing a two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system.
The interceptor mission is termed as "PDV mission is for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50km of earth's atmosphere", said a Defence Research DevelopmentOrganisation (DRDO) official.
"Both, the PDV interceptor and the two stage target missile, were successfully engaged," he said.
The main reason and main target behind this mission was developed for mimicking a hostile Ballistic Missile approaching from more than 2000 km away was launched from a ship anchored in the Bay of Bengal. In an automated operation, radar based detection and tracking system detected and tracked the enemy's ballistic missile.
The computer network with the help of data received from radars predicted the trajectory of the incoming Ballistic Missile.
PDV that was kept fully ready, took-off once the computer system gave the necessary command for lift-off. The Interceptor guided by high accuracy Inertial Navigation System(INS) supported by a Redundant Micro Navigation System moved towards the estimated point of the interception.
Once the missile crossed the atmosphere, the Heat Shiel dejected and the IR Seeker dome opened to look at the Target location as designated by the Mission Computer. With the help of Inertial Guidance and IR Seeker the missile moved for interception. All events were monitored inreal-time by the Telemetry/Range Stations, at various other locations.
(With PTI Inputs)