After successfully testing the AD-1 missile off the coast of Odisha on Wednesday, India is now capable of destroying incoming enemy ballistic missiles launched from 5,000 km away.
This missile is part of the Ballistic Missile Defence shield’s phase 2 development programme and is capable of destroying both ballistic missiles and low-flying fighters.
As a result of yesterday’s test, we can intercept any missile of 5,000 km strike range, according to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chairman Samir Kamat.
In the event that our enemies target us from long range, we are now able to intercept them. This represents a significant leap in our ability to combat ballistic missiles.
“Once it is picked up by our systems,” the DRDO chairman said, “we will be able to track it, activate our defence system, and intercept the missile.”
In addition to working in the lower exo-atmospheric region, it is largely endo-atmospheric. In parallel, we are developing for the high exoatmospheric region.
It is our intention to demonstrate our capability by 2025, including the AD-1 missile and high exo-atmospheric missile. We are confident that we will be able to do this,” Kamat said.
The government will decide where to deploy the system once it is developed.
All BMD systems include long-range tracking radars capable of detecting missile launches from submarines, land-based systems, aerial platforms, or warships.