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India successfully test fires Prithvi Supersonic Interceptor Missile

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India has successfully test-fired an indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile. It has the capability of destroying incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitudes.

This Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, which was tested for the second time in less than a month, is part of an effort to put in place a multilayer missile defence system.
“The test launch was conducted in order to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode. It was a low altitude trial,” a defence official said, according to PTI.
The interceptor was engaged against a Prithvi missile fired from launch complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur which took the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.
In about four minutes, the interceptor positioned at Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming hostile missile mid-air in an endoatmospheric altitude, the official said.
In its first test in May last year, the AAD missile was successfully test launched off the Odisha coast.
On February 11, an incoming hostile ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted at high altitude – above 50km of the earth’s atmosphere – by an exoatmospheric interceptor missile off the same base.

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