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

India conducts successful interceptor missile test at nightPrelims OnlyPriority 1


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

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) Mission

Mains level: India’s missile arsenal.



  • India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test off the Odisha coast on Sunday night, achieving a major milestone in developing a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence

Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) Mission

  1. This PDV mission is for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 km of the earth’s atmosphere .
  2. Both the PDV interceptor and the target missile were successfully engaged.
  3. In an automated operation, radar-based detection and tracking system detected and tracked the enemy’s ballistic missile.
  4. The computer network with the help of data received from radars predicted the trajectory of the incoming ballistic missile.
  5. The interceptor guided by high-accuracy Inertial Navigation System (INS) supported by a Redundant Micro Navigation System moved towards the estimated point of the interception.
  6. Once the missile crossed the atmosphere, the Heat Shield ejected and the IR Seeker dome opened to look at the target location as designated by the mission computer.
  7. With the help of Inertial Guidance and IR Seeker the missile moved for interception.
  8. All events were monitored in real-time by the Telemetry/Range Stations, at various other locations.

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