Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.

Endo-atmospheric interceptor missile successfully tested

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | indigenization of technology & developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile, Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV)

Mains level: Defence manufacturing and Make in India

AAD missile test successful

  1. India successfully test-fired an Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile, capable of destroying enemy ballistic missiles at low altitude
  2. The missile is being developed as part the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system and it was the third successful test this year

Importance of missile

  1. The endo-atmospheric missile is capable of intercepting missiles at altitudes of 15-30 km
  2. Shooting down an incoming missile at lower altitudes is more complicated than shooting at higher altitudes due to the higher velocity of the missile

Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system

  1. The BMD consists of two interceptor missiles, the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) for exo-atmospheric ranges and the Advanced Area Defence (AAD) missile for endo-atmosphere or lower altitudes
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