Exo-Atmospheric Interceptor Missile | PIB Summary

India successfully conducted a test wherein an incoming ballistic missile target was intercepted by an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the Bay of Bengal.
Interceptor Missile | About the test

  • With this commendable scientific achievement, India has crossed an important milestone in building its overall capability towards enhanced security against incoming ballistic missile threats.
  • It has entered an exclusive club of four nations with developing capabilities to secure its skies and cities against hostile threats.
  • Much details of the test have not been released about its capabilities and distinct features but it is believed that it is quite similar to THAAD missile system of the United States.

Interceptor Missile | About THAAD Missiles

  • Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is one of the recent addition to the US’ anti-ballistic missile arsenal.
  • It has been designed to hit missiles as they dive towards the earth, not when they go up.
  • THAAD can engage with incoming missiles at the maximum altitude of 93 miles above the surface of the Earth.
  • It seems Indian scientists have also developed a similar anti-missile system.

Interceptor Missile | Significance of the test

  • It would significantly change the power equations in Asia (including South Asia) whereby India will possess a significant shield to protect itself from the incoming ballistic missiles.
  • In an atmosphere, when our perceived adversaries are busy testing new missile systems, India’s move towards creating a shield protection is significant for the security of the nation as a whole.
  • India has now entered the elite club of four nations by having its own ‘effective’ anti-ballistic missile

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