India to develop high speed interceptors
Visakhapatnam (PTI): After demonstrating capabilities in missile defence, India aims at developing long-range, high speed interceptors that can strike down missiles fired from deep within the enemy territory.
"We are now going to build AD-1 and AD-2 -- high speed interceptors for engaging 5000 km class targets," V K Saraswat, Project Director, Air Defence wing in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told reporters here.
These systems are essential to shoot down enemy missiles launched from locations from deep inside hostile territory.
"Currently, we have capabilities to defend ourselves from 2500 km range ballistic missiles. But suppose missiles are launched by our immediate neigbours from their rear formations, they will be using long-range missiles -- Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles and Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles.
"We should now develop technologies to defend against them. That is our effort," he said.
Defence scientists have already demonstrated the capability to shoot down enemy missiles at an altitude of 50 km. as also 15 km.
In November 2006, DRDO scientists tested an exo-atmospheric anti-missile system that could intercept targets 50-km above the atmosphere while last month it fired supersonic interceptors that shot down enemy rockets 15-km within the atmosphere known as the endo-atmospheric zone.
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