India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test
India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test on Prithvi Defence Vehicle mission from Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha on 23rd September. This set a major milestone in developing a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system. The is for engaging targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude of above 50 km of the earth’s atmosphere.
The Inertial Navigation System (INS) that guided interceptor was highly accurate. It is supported by a Redundant Micro Navigation System which moved towards the estimated point of the interception. Once the missile crossed the atmosphere, the Heat Shield ejected and the IR Seeker dome opened to look at the target location as designated by the mission computer. With the help of Inertial Guidance and IR Seeker, the missile moved for an interception.