DRDO air defence missile AAD-05 has successfully hit ballistic missile and destroys the ballistic missile at a height of 15 kms off the coast of Orissa near the wheelers island. a modified prithvi missile mimicking the ballistic missile was launched at 1010hrs today from ITR Chandipur. radars located at deferent locations have tracked incoming ballistic missile. interceptor missile was completely ready to take off at wheelers island. guidance computers have continuously computed the trajectory of ballistic missile and launched AAD05 interceptor missile at a precisely calculated time. AAD-05 interceptor missile initially guided by the inertial navigation system with the target trajectory continuously updated by the radar, the on board guidance computer guided the aad-05 interceptor missile towards the target missile. the onboard radio frequency seeker identified the target missile and guided the aad-05 interceptor missile close to the target missile and hit the target missile directly and destroyed it. warhead also exploded and destroyed the target missile into pieces.
Radar and eots systems have tracked the missile and also recorded the fragments of target missile falling into the bay of bengal. it is one of the finest missions where the interceptor has hit the incoming ballistic missile directly and destroyed at a 15 kms altitude. india has joined a very few advanced countries, who have these ballistic missile defence capabilities.
India is the fifth nation to have these capabilities in the world. the mission was carried out in the final deliverable user configuration mode.
Scientific Advisor VK Saraswat has reviewed the total configuration and mission and also witnessed the launch. shri avinash chander chief controller r&d (mss) and P Venugopalan director drdl carried out the flight readiness review of both the target missile and interceptor missile. D S Reddy, programme director air defence system alongwith his team have carried out all the preparations for the launch successfully. shri sp dash director itr, dr sk chaudhuri director rci and shri satish kumar director spic and other top drdo scientists were present during the mission. the mission was also witnessed by the senior officials of tri-services.
A K Antony has congratulated all the scientists for the successful demonstration of ballistic missile defence.
The Mission Control Centre for the AAD interceptor trial held on 10th February 2012 was deployed in Master-Slave configuration at DRDO Hyderabad and Wheeler Island, Orissa to ensure high availability with built in fault tolerance at each location.
The Mission Control Centre of the Indian BMD programme is one of the most advanced, automated net-centric Command and Control systems in the world.
The Master MCC located more than a thousand kilometer away at Hyderabad from the Missile test range, received the target data in real time from multiple weapon system radars. The complete Air Situation Picture during the BMD trial was provided to the MCC commander using advanced data fusion and target classification techniques.
After the classification of the target as an enemy Ballistic missile, Mission Control Centre issued engagement orders to the AAD Launch Centre located at Wheeler island in Dhamra.
The complete engagement sequence from target detection to destruction was controlled by Mission Control Centre in net-centric mode of operation. The interceptor missile lifted off from Wheeler island destroying the target at an altitude of 15 km.
The AAD Trial has successfully demonstrated complete functionality in deployment configuration of Mission Control Centre for the Ballistic Missile Defence Programme.