TNPSC Current Affairs March 2017
India Successfully Test Fires Advanced Air Defence Supersonic Interceptor Missile
India has successfully test fired advanced indigenously developed Air Defence Supersonic interceptor Missile, which is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile at low altitude as a part of the experimental two-tier BMD(Ballistic Missile Defence) System.
DRDO Said, the Endo-atmospheric missile which is tested is capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 km successfully destroyed the incoming missile and all its objectives successfully met. It was test fired from Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island), off Odisha Coast.
About 2-tier BMD system
The 2 tier Exo and Endo atmospheric layer ballistic missile defence system development started in 1990, and first being tested in 2006.
The high altitude interceptor missile which tested last month has involved the "Exo-atmospheric" layer capable of hitting altitude of 97 km , while the Wednesday test involved in "Endo-atmospheric" layer which has capable of hitting altitude of 15 km.
BMD system of Exo and Endo has been tested more than 10 times individually. It has not been tested so far in integrated mode, with both Exo and Endo interceptor missiles together. Only US, Israel, China and Russia have this system now