DRDO conducts eighth ballistic interceptor missile test

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    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is set to conduct its eighth ballistic interceptor missile test any day between November 19 and 22.

    V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, said that while the attacker, a modified Prithvi missile, would take off from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha, the interceptor would blast off from the Wheeler Island and pounce on the attacker in endo-atmosphere at an altitude of 15 km to 16 km. The interceptor missile is called Advanced Air Defence (AAD) system. While the attacker would mimic the path of a ballistic missile launched from a hostile country, the AAD would race at a supersonic speed to intercept the attacker and destroy it.

    As the crow flies, the Wheeler Island, off Dhamra village on the Odisha coast, is 70 km away from Chandipur.

    Asked what improvements were made in this interceptor mission, Dr. Saraswat said the modified Prithvi missile would have a higher velocity.

    “We have improved the accuracy of the interception in the endo-atmosphere… The interceptor will be launched in a hit-to-kill mode,” he added.

    The Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) programme aims at protecting India’s vital assets from being targeted by the ballistic missiles launched by hostile neighbours.

    Of the seven interceptor missiles tests conducted by the DRDO so far, six have been successful. The first interceptor mission took place in November 2006 in exo-atmosphere at an altitude of 48 km and it was successful. The second test, again successful, took place in December 2007 in endo-atmosphere at an altitude of 15 km. Out of the seven tests, five took place in endo-atmosphere at a height less than 20 km.

    After the seventh interceptor missile test on February 10, 2012, Dr. Saraswat asserted that the success confirmed that India’s BMD programme in the endo-atmosphere “is now ready for deployment and the country is now in a position to take it to the next phase of production and induction.”

    The maiden launch of Nirbhay, India’s sub-sonic cruise missile, has been further delayed. The launch, which was to take place in November this year, will now be done in January 2013, Dr. Saraswat said.

    A DRDO official said the Nirbhay launch was delayed because modifications had to be made in the launcher. While India already had had a successful supersonic cruise missile in BrahMos, it felt the need to develop a sub-sonic cruise missile. Hence the development of Nirbhay, which would fly at 0.65 Mach. The Aeronautical Development Establishment, a DRDO unit in Bangalore, designed Nirbhay, which had been derived from Lakshya, a pilotless target aircraft. Nirbhay is a two-stage, surface-to-surface, terrain-hugging missile. “It takes the oxidiser from the air. So it can travel for a longer duration and a longer distance. Its range is around 1,000 km.”

    The Hindu : News / National : DRDO to conduct eighth ballistic interceptor missile test this month
     
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    good development specially for AAD, this time they are going to test it wit HTK warhead, i remember some time back when we tested our BMD, US said that we dont have HTK tech. What they dont know is the fact that we are going to put HTK for AAD and proximity fuse with Gimballed Directional Warhead.

    Best part is that we already have HTK tech :thumb:
     
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    this is second confirmation that its range is 1000 km, earlier range was given as 800 km. It is inching close to its actual range of 1500-2000km. :thumb:
     
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    Re: DRDO to conduct eighth ballistic interceptor missile test this mon

    Beware Pakis :D
    I think the Range is still classified, right ?
     
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    one part of news is for Pakistan and other is for China.
     
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    What are they using as target missile ?
     
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    Good old prithvi, hope it is Dhanush missile.
     
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    i hope they dont slip through schedule this time
     
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    I am expecting wednesday.
     
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    Thursday is lucky charm for us.. my guess is thursday if no technical glitch
     
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    for me all days are good, provided it is successful launch............:thumb:
     
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    Lets see the results. :dude:
     
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    But panchagam says this wednesday do wonders for all !
     
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    Well if our missile defence can stop enemy missile it will be wonderful and all right with me.
     
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    I hope tom... Will be a wonder day !
     
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    if it does we will party.
     
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    yep, previous many important missiles were tested on thursdays ..

    mostly in mornings .. we will see how it goes this time
     
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    Yup tomm...
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    Wonder day not wonder at all !
     

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