Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile test fails

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Balasore, Mar 15 (ANI): The Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile failed to take off during a planned launch from the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island off Orissa coast due to some coordination problem on Monday.

The AAD interceptor missile is capable of destroying any enemy missile.

A source said that the interceptor missile planned trial could not take place properly.

"Coordinated exercise between target missile Prithvi from Chandipur and the indigenously built interceptor from Wheeler Island could not take place properly during the planned trial," the source said.

The interceptor missile failed to take off as Prithvi, the target missile, was test-fired from a mobile launcher at Chandipur, he said.

Preliminary analysis suggested that the target missile might have deviated from its stipulated trajectory, leading to lack of proper coordination.

The trial, which was aimed at developing a multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, was originally scheduled to be held on Sunday, but had to be put off due to some technical snag, the source said. (ANI)

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