India test-fires missile interceptor
India yesterday successfully test-fired indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile as part of its plan to deploy a two-layer shield against incoming enemy ballistic missile.
The surface-to-surface target missile was first lifted from the launch Complex III at Integrated Test Range in eastern state Orissa off Bay of Bengal at around 1013 hours, defence sources said.
The missile successfully destroyed a simulated incoming enemy missile. The interceptor missile was fired a few minutes after the target missile was launched.
"The interceptor directly hit the target and destroyed it," SP Dash, Director of the Test Range, said.
The last flight of interceptor missile was conducted on March 6 last year.