India’s missile interceptor fails in 10th test, 8 have succeeded
Indian defense establishment seems to have great hope from it. Nonetheless its going kaput may not be a great news for the nation at the moment.
Latest reports suggest that India’s missile interceptor test has flopped and that it was the tenth test. Eight of the tests have succeeded while two have flopped.
Being developed by Indiaâ€™s very own Defence Research and Development Organisation, the AAD missile is 7.5 metres tall and weighs around 1.2 tonnes.
Nonetheless it is not very easy to actually make a successful interceptor at this level and very few nations have mastered the technology. Reports suggest that the interceptor failed as it was unable to reach its target, a senior defence official said.
Researchers had great hope from it. The indigenous Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile was fired from Wheeler Island off the coast in Odisha’s Bhadrak district, about 170 km from here, but plummeted into the Bay of Bengal seconds after lift-off.
An official press release said, â€œIt took off as planned but did not reach the target. We are analysing the dataâ€. The Monday test was against an electronic target to validate the missile capability. With the latest mission, the DRDO has tested the missile interceptor 10 times with eight of the tests being successful.