Balasore, Mar 6: India on Friday, Mar 6 successfully test-fired an interceptor missile to establish a ballistic missile defence (BMD) shield as part of the network-centric warfare. The test was carried out from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) from the Wheeler Island near Dhamra off Orissa coast.
The modified version of 'Dhanush' missile, known as naval version of Prithvi, a surface-to-surface missile acting as an enemy missile was test fired from a naval ship INS Rajput anchored inside the Bay of Bengal at 1620 hours. When it zeroed in on the wheeler island of Dhamara coast, a Prithvi Air Defence (PAD) missile, a ballistic missile with a range of 1,500 km, similar to Pakistan's Ghauri, test fired from the Wheeler Island intercepted the incoming missile at an altitude of 70-80 kms.
India first conducted interceptor missile test on Nov 27, 2006.