The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted successful test fire of a home-grown supersonic interceptor missile named Advanced Air Defence (AAD) which is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missiles in low attitude. This feat is a landmark victory for the DRDO by expanding capabilities of Indian aerial defence.

India is advancing in building an efficient multi-layered Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system with the successful test of third supersonic interceptor missile this year. The previous two tests were conducted in February and March and the latest test was conducted today morning from Kalam Island, off Odisha coast today. The Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile has been indigenously developed and has the capacity of destroying enemy ballistic missiles at an altitude of 30 km, achieved direct hit and destroyed the incoming ballistic missile. During the test fire conducted today, the target was the famous ‘Prithvi missile’ was launched from Launch Complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.

The AAD interceptor missile is a single-stage missile with 7.5 metres length and 1.2 tonnes weight and is powered by solid propellants. It is attached with radars that are capable of detecting incoming missile, track it and provided the command to launch the interceptor missile. Then the Fibre Optic Gyro (FOG) based INS in the interceptor, onboard computers, guidance systems, actuation systems and the critical Radio Frequency (RF) seekers guide the interceptor missile to wipe out hostile target missile mid-air in an endo-atmospheric altitude. All these stages were successfully completed by AAD missile today, marking a landmark achievement for the DRDO.

With a successful test of AAD missile, the DRDO has developed both high-altitude and low-altitude anti-ballistic missiles. So if any enemy attacks with ballistic missile, the first phase would include destroying the incoming missile with high-altitude interceptor in the exo-atmospheric region and second phase would be killing enemy missiles of more than 2,000 km range within the endo-atmospheric region. With this, the DRDO has ended their ‘Mission 2017’ with a happy successful note.