India Conducts First Ever Night Trial Of Indigenously Developed Ballistic Missile Defence SystemRepresentative Image (@livefist/Twitter)

An interceptor missile was successfully launched In Balamore, Odisha, on Sunday (23 September). This becomes a milestone in the development of a two-layer ballistic missile defence system. Launched from Abdul Kalam island, previously known as wheeler island, the missile took off from the integrated test range (ITR) at about 8.05 pm, reported Times Now.

The Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) is aimed at engaging targets in the exo-atmospheric region above 50 km of the earth’s surface. The entire operation being automated, radar-based detection and tracking-system trailed the enemy’s ballistic missile. With the help of data from the radars, the computer network predicted the trajectory of the incoming ballistic missile.

The missile is guided by high-accuracy Inertial Navigation System (INS), which is supported by a redundant micro navigation system.

As soon as the missile finished travelling through the atmosphere, the heat shield got ejected and the IR seeker dome had a look at the target location. The missile made an advance to intercept with the assistance of inertial guidance and IR seeker.

Real-time monitoring of the events by the telemetry/range stations occurred at various locations.

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