On the morning of Saturday, February 11, 2017, India successfully test-fired at 7:45 am an Exo-Atmospheric Interceptor Missile which had intercepted an incoming ballistic missile target off the Bay of Bengal. The first one was conducted in April 2014.
With this, India has crossed an important milestone in building its overall capability towards enhanced security against incoming ballistic missile threats and joined the exclusive club of four nations with developing capabilities to shield its skies and cities against hostile threats.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated the DRDO and all the scientists involved for their dedicated efforts. The missile, known as Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) Interceptor Missile or PDV, was developed in 2009 by the DRDO.
The Prithvi interceptor missile is a two-stage missile and both the stages will be powered by solid propellants with an innovative system for controlling the vehicle at an altitude of more than 150 km.
The PDV will replace the existing PAD in the PAD/AAD combination and it will be equipped with an IIR seeker for its kill vehicle, revamping the entire BMD system.
The latest missile provides protection against missiles of the 5,000 km (3,100 miles) range. It will take on the target missile at altitudes above 150 km (93 miles). On 27 April 2014 first PDV was successfully test fired and today, the second PDV was successfully conducted by the DRDO.