India’s Ballistic Missile Defence System – All you need to know
India has successfully developed its own Ballistic Missile Defence System. The Defence Research and Development Organisation played a key role in India’s Ballistic Missile Defence System. The Ballistic Defence System consists of two missile. For High Altitude Interception, Pruthvi Air Defence (PAD) Missile is developed and for Low Altitude Interception, Advanced Air Defence (AAD) Missile is Developed.
Pruthvi Air Defence Missile (PAD)
Pruthvi Air Defence Missing is jointly developed by DRDO, Bharat Electronics Limited, Bharat Dynamics Limited and other Private Sector Companies. For High altitude interception, the PAD Missile was developed. The Operational Range of PAD is around 400 – 1200 Kms. It is a dual stage propelled Engine with a speed of 5 Mach and above. The Missile is capable to do High End Complex Maneuvers at High Speed. The Missile is Known as Pradyumna. The BEML Tatra transport launcher is used to operate this Missile.
Advanced Air Defence Missile (AAD)
Advanced Air Defence Missile is jointly developed by DRDO, Bharat Electronics Limited, Bharat Dynamics Limited and other private sector Companies. For low altitude interception, the AAD Missile was developed. The operational Range of AAD is 150 – 250 Kms. It is a single stage propelled missile with a speed of 4.5+ Mach. The Missile is also known as Ashwin Interceptor Missile. The same BEML Yatra transport Launcher is used to operate this Missile.
Apart from Pruthvi Air Defence Missile and Advanced Air Defence Missile, the Pruthvi Defence Vehicle and Anti Satellite Missile (Mission Shakti) can also be included in India’s Ballistic Missile Defence System.
Indian Armed Forces also operates other types of Air Defence Missile like Akash Missile, Israeli Spyder Air Defence System and Russian S-400 Missile. The S-400 Missile will be delivered soon. India became the fourth country after US, Russia and Israel to develop Ballistic Air Defence System.
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