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India conducts successful Prithvi interceptor missile test

India has successfully conducted an interceptor missile test off the Odisha coast at night.
India conducts successful Prithvi interceptor missile test at night
  • With this, Defence Research and Development Organization achieved a major milestone in developing indigenous two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system.

About the Test:

  • PDV interceptor missile was launched from Abdul Kalam Island (earlier known as Wheeler Island) of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off Odisha coast.
  • Its mission was aimed at test-firing of an interceptor missile off the coast of Odisha to intercept an incoming ballistic missile off the Bay of Bengal.
  • During the test, both PDV interceptor and target missile were successfully engaged in automated operation.
  • In this operation mode, the radar-based detection and tracking system of the missile system detected and tracked the target ballistic missile.
  • The computer network with the help of data received from radars predicted the trajectory of incoming ballistic missile.
  • Based on these inputs PVD was fired for an interception and destroyed the incoming missile target with high accuracy.

About Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) missile:

  • Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) missile has been developed indigenously by DRDO.
  • It is a two-stage missile and both stages are powered by solid propellants.
  • It is intended to replace the existing Prithvi Air Defence (PAD) in PAD/Advanced Air Defence (AAD) combination.
  • It is designed for engaging targets in exo-atmosphere region at an altitude of 50 km of earth's atmosphere.
  • It is guided by a high-accuracy Inertial Navigation System (INS) supported by Redundant Micro Navigation System for estimating the point of interception.
  • Once missile crosses the atmosphere, its heat shield ejects and IR Seeker dome is opened to look at the target location as designated by the mission computer.
  • With the help of Inertial Guidance and IR seeker, the missile moves for interception.
  • The missile is also fitted with Imaging Infrared (IIR) seeker, developed by DRDO, to distinguish between incoming warheads and decoys.

Question:

Q. India has successfully conducted which interceptor missile test off the Odisha coast at night?
a. Prahaar Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile
b. Agni Defence Vehicle (ADV) interceptor missile
c. Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missiled. None of the above
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