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Friday, 27 March 2009

India Tests Ballistic Missile Interceptor

Its absolutely nothing to do with muscle-flexing or upcoming elections, you must understand. But March 2009 saw India's Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO, test-fire its third Ballistic Missile Interceptor from a mobile launcher on the Integrated Test Range on Wheeler Island in Orissa.

India seems keen to demonstrate the robustness of her ballistic missile system (BMD).

The two-stage interceptor missile, fitted with advanced systems, neutralised the 'enemy' target missile at an altitude of 75km. To mimic an incoming enemy's missile trajectory (any guesses as to who the 'enemy' might be?) a Dhanush missile, reaching an altitude of 120km, was launched from a ship about 100km away.

DRDO's previous two interception trials were held in November 2006 and December 2007.

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