Indian Navy conducts successful trial of ballistic missile interceptor off Odisha coast

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

The purpose of the trial was to engage and neutralize a hostile ballistic missile threat thereby elevating India into the elite club of Nations having Naval BMD capability, said the Ministry of Defence today.

Prior to this, DRDO has successfully demonstrated land-based BMD system with capability to neutralize ballistic missile threats, emerging from hostile countries and adversaries.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO, Indian Navy and the industry involved in successful demonstration of ship based Ballistic Missile defence capabilities.

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

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