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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy on Sunday successfully conducted a maiden flight trial of a sea-based endo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal. 

As per a PIB report, the purpose of the trial, which was conducted on April 21, was to engage and neutralize a hostile ballistic missile threat thereby elevating India into the elite club of Nations having Naval BMD capability.

Earlier, the DRDO successfully demonstrated a land-based BMD system with the capability to neutralize ballistic missile threats, emerging from adversaries.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the Indian Navy and Industry involved in the successful demonstration of ship-based Ballistic Missile defence capabilities.

Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO Dr. Samir V Kamat also complimented the teams involved in the design and development of the missile. He said that the nation has achieved self-reliance in developing highly-complex network-centric anti-ballistic missile systems.

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