Missile Defense: Lower Atmosphere Interceptors To Be Developed By DRDO

Buoyed by a successful missile interception in higher atmospheric zone, defence scientists are now planning to shoot down incoming warheads, much closer to ground, with a new missile named Pad.

The country’s top Missile Scientist Vijay Kumar Saraswat told a press conference today that “within the next three to four months the DRDO is planning to carry out another missile interception in the endo-atmospheric zone” — a pattern used by the Americans in the development of their Patriot PAC-III anti-missile shield.

“We have demonstrated the technology to defend against incoming ballistic missile threat,” he said, but added it would take another three to four years to develop for the country a full-fledged anti-missile theatre shield.

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