Balasore: As part of its plan to deploy a reliable two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, India conducted another trial of its DRDO Air Defence Missile AAD-05 from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur today.
While a modified ‘Prithvi’ AAD-05 was lifted off from the ITR at Chandipur, the interceptor, designed to hit it in mid-air over Bay of Bengal took its trajectories from Wheelers Island about 70 km across the sea from Chandipur.
Radars located at different locations have tracked incoming ballistic missile. Guidance computers continuosly computed the trajectory of the ballistic missile and launched AAD-05 interceptor missile at precisely calculated time.
AAD-05 initially guided by the inertial navigation system with the target trajectory continuosly getting updated by the radar, the on board guidance computer guided it towards the target missile. The on board radio frequency seeker identified the target missile and guided the AAA-05 close to the target missile and hit the target directly and destroyed it.
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 it at a 15 kms altitude.
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 Master Misssion Control Centre (MCC) located more than a thousand kilometers 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.
Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister Dr. V K Saraswat reviewed the total configuration and mission and also witnessed the launch. Shri Avinash Chander, Chief Controller R & D (MSS) and Shri P Venugopalan, Director, DRDL carried out the flight readiness review of both the target missile and the interceptor.
Shri D S Reddy, Programme Director, Air Defence System along with his team carried out all the preparations for the launch successfully.
Shri S P Dash Director, ITR, Dr. S. K. Chaudhary Associate Director, RCI Hyderabad and Shri Satish Kumar, Director, SPIC and other top scientists were present during the mission.