India test fires interceptor missile from Kalam Island  

BHUBANESWAR: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday test-fired an Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha’s Balasore district on Sunday.

AAD interceptor missile was fired at 9:40 am following a command to destroy electronically simulated missile in the endo-atmosphere (below 40 km altitude), said DRDO sources.

The anti-ballistic missile took off at 9.40 a.m. from the Kalam Wheeler Island soon after it received the command to waylay and destroy an incoming target missile in the endo-atmosphere (below 40 km altitude) after the conditions for the latter were electronically simulated without the actual launch of the missile.

After getting signals from tracking radars, the interceptor roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming missile mid-air, defence sources said.

Radars were stationed at Konark and Paradip coast to monitor the behaviour of the interceptor missile, sources said.

This was the 11th development test by DRDO. Earlier, of the 10 tests, eight have been successful.