India can now bring down enemy missiles

In a major breakthrough, country’s defence scientists on Monday successfully carried out a surface to surface missile interception over the Bay of Bengal, brightening the prospects of development of an indigenous anti-missile shield.

A target Prithvi missile was launched from the Interim Missile Test Range at Chandipur at 1015 hours, its trajectory continuously monitored and then successfully intercepted by another missile fired from the Wheeler Islands.

Though, the Navy has successfully conducted missile interceptions over sea using Israeli Barak missiles, this was for the first time that defence scientists successfully carried out interception of surface-to-surface missile, which could bring some relief as India actively faces a threat from the presence of nuclear capable missile in the neighbourhood.

The interceptor missile, which was in anti-missile mode, was not identified by the Defence Research and Development Organisation officials. “The interceptor missile had inertial guidance mid-course and active-seeker guidance in its terminal phase,” they said.

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