India test-fires indigenous Prithvi-II Missile

BACKprithvi-ii-missileIndia has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying incoming hostile ballistic missiles, from a test range off the Odisha coast.

The interceptor was engaged against a targeted naval version of a Prithvi missile launched from a ship anchored in the Bay of Bengal, taking up the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile. The target missile was launched and the interceptor Advanced Air Defence missile positioned at Abdul Kalam Island aka Wheeler Island, got signals from tracking radars and roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming hostile missile in an endo-atmospheric altitude.

The kill effect was ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources.

The interceptor missile has its own mobile launcher, secure data link for reception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars. It is a 7.5 meter long solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a computer and an electro-mechanical activator Defense Research Development Organisation sources said.