India successfully conducted the maiden flight test of the phase-II ballistic missile defense interceptor AD-1 missile off the coast of Odisha on Wednesday.
According to the Defense Ministry, the flight test was conducted with the participation of all ballistic missile defense (BMD) weapon system elements located in various geographical locations.
“On November 2, the Defence Research and Development Organization successfully conducted a maiden flight-test of Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) interceptor AD-1 missile with large kill altitude bracket from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha,” the ministry said.
The AD-1 is a long-range interceptor missile designed for both “low exo-atmospheric” and “endo-atmospheric” interception of long-range ballistic missiles and aircraft.
It is propelled by a two-stage solid motor and is outfitted with an indigenously developed advanced control system, navigation and guidance algorithm.