Interceptor missile test-fired from Dhamara Abdul Kalam island

Balasore: The Interceptor missile developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation test-fired from Dhamara Abdul Kalam island here on Sunday.

The flight test of the improved version of indigenously developed endo-atmosphereic interceptor missile was conducted against an electronic target from the Kalam Island at Dhamra at about 9.40 a.m., said DRDO sources.

After getting signals from tracking radars, the interceptor roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming missile mid-air, defence sources said.

“We are analysing the data received through the radars to ascertain the impact of the missile,” a DRDO official said.

Radars were stationed at Konark and Paradip coast to monitor the behaviour of the interceptor missile, sources said.

It was the 11th development test by DRDO. Earlier, of the 10 tests eight have been successful.

Notably, in April this year, an upgraded interceptor missile plummeted into the Bay of Bengal a few seconds after the liftoff from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha Coast.