India successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha coast.
About Ballistic Missile Interceptor AAD:
It is an endo-atmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 kms.
Indigenously developed by DRDO, the AAD interceptor is a single-stage missile powered by solid propellants.
It has been developed as part of indigenous efforts to have multi-layer ballistic missile defense system, capable of destroying incoming hostile ballistic missiles.
It is 7.5 meters tall and weighs around 1.2 tonnes.
The interceptor missile has its own mobile launcher, a secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars.
The Indian Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Programme is an attempt to develop and to use a multi-layered ballistic missile defense system to protect from ballistic missile attacks. India’s decision to develop Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) was introduced in the light of the ballistic missile threat mainly from Pakistan, especially can be attributed to the Kargil War in 1999.
India follows ‘No First Use policy‘. A robust BMD provides an opportunity for the nation to strike back if a nuclear projectile is launched by an enemy state.
BMD would shield from non-state actors initiated missile warfare and thus could avoid Mutual Destruction trap.
BMD reduces the incentive for the enemy state to launch a nuclear attack, thus enhancing strategic stability.
An indigenous system would reduce the import bill of defense systems from other nations.
Technology developed for BMD can be used in other sectors, especially in space technology.