Strategic Weapons: Indian Missile Defenses Mature


March 10, 2009: India continues to have success in developing its own anti-missile system. Recently, India conducted its third successful test, intercepting an incoming missile 75 kilometers up. The Indian BMDS (Ballistic Missile Defence System) actually consists of one radar system, and two different missiles. The Prithvi Air Defence (PAD) missile is used for high altitude interception, while the Advanced Air Defence (AAD) takes care of missiles that make it past PAD, and can deal with targets as high up as 30 kilometers.

India has been working on BMDS for a decade, and has bought radar and other technology from Israel. Because of the many successful tests, Indian expects to deploy the first BMDS batteries next year.



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