Missile defence shield ready: DRDO chief

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  1. Vishwarupa

    Vishwarupa Senior Member Senior Member

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    India has developed a missile defence shield which can be put in place at short notice to protect at least two cities, bringing the country on par with an elite group of few nations.

    The shield, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, has been tested successfully and an incoming ballistic missile with the range of up to 2,000 km can be destroyed. The system is to be upgraded to the range of 5,000 km by 2016.

    “The ballistic missile defence shield is now mature... We are ready to put phase-I in place and it can be put in very short time,” DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat told PTI in New Delhi in an interview.

    He said the shield, as part of phase one of the programme, can be put in place at two places in the country, where the infrastructure is available.

    However, the two places have not yet been identified and the selection will be made at the political level.

    The DRDO used variants of Prithvi missiles as simulated targets and successfully intercepted missiles in test-firings.

    “We have carried out six successful launches and demonstrated the capability for 2,000 km targets... We have demonstrated it in two layers that is endo-atmospheric (inside the Earth’s atmosphere) and exo-atmospheric (outside the Earth’s atmosphere),” Mr. Saraswat said.

    He said all the elements such as long-range radars and tracking devices, real-time data-link and mission control system required for the missile system have been “realised” successfully.

    Under the phase-II of the project, the premier defence research agency would upgrade the system to handle ballistic missiles with range of 5,000 km. This phase is expected to be ready by 2016.

    The system required for phase-II of the project is being developed, he said, adding that for this purpose, ships are being built from where the target missiles would be launched.

    The DRDO chief said the phase two of the project is expected to be completed by 2016.

    Talking about the advancement of the system, Mr. Saraswat said the missile defence shield has been “automated” to an extent where human intervention would be required only if the mission has to be aborted.

    The DRDO chief said the Indian missile defence system is comparable with the U.S. Patriot 3 system, which was successfully used during the 1990 Gulf War against Iraq.

    As part of its efforts to protect itself from enemy missiles, India is developing this two-tier BMD which can intercept enemy missiles at altitudes of 80 km and 150 km.

    The DRDO is thinking of intercepting the missiles at higher altitudes as it would give it more response time in case the first attempt is a miss and the second layer of the system can be put into action.

    The system was first test-fired in November 2006 elevating India into the elite club of countries to have successfully developed an anti-ballistic missile system, after United States, Russia and Israel.

    The Hindu : News / National : Missile defence shield ready: DRDO chief
     
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  3. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    The accuracy of Patriot BMDs are highly disputed, there are claims that they mostly hit false objects and debris in Gulf war.
     
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    SPIEZ Senior Member Senior Member

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    Well and truly said. :thumb:
     
  5. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    This statement implies two things:
    Firstly, since patriots are useless, it does not matter that Indian missile defence system happens to be inaccurate or useless (chalta hai)
    Secondly, or Patriots system is useless but ours is accurate and far better.
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    Which one is implied?
     
  6. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    I didn't imply anyone of the two meanings you told, actually it's third one :-

    Actually i put a question there , How did DRDO chief compare our BMDS to Patriot 3 which has a disputed accuracy ? actual tests of our BMDS are still awaited, i mean if you test a BMDS in a simple environment with only one target being launched without any fake target launched, there are high chances of its success but if you test it in the real war, where our LRTR will detect hundreds of targets and have to selectively intercept the correct ones, it will become a tough job to be done accurately. I hope our system will not intercept false targets and debris as Patriot did.
     
  7. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    The question is how much we know abt such accuracy, If media said so, they must have some facts behind, what are those facts ?
     
  8. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    @Chauhan

    Since it is comparable to Patriot and patriot is usless, it menas our system is also *******
    That is what it comes to
     
  9. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    US claimed it was highly successful, but others denied the claim -

    I don't know who was right but i hope our BMDS will prove its capability and be accurate.

    I think he should have compared ours with a correct or successful BMDS.
     
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    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    That is correct. Are we aping US or wish to outperform them?
     

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