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Subject: New ABM called AXO- another hyped up Indian weapon secret weapon system
Herc the Merc    11/27/2006 11:53:51 AM
India develops new anti-missile system Media Release Nov. 27, 2006 India today unveiled an indigenous supersonic anti-missile system with defence scientists saying it had the capability to intercept incoming ballistic missiles thousands of miles away. Labelled only as AXO (Atmospheric Intercept System), the supersonic missile underwent its baptism when it successfully intercepted a surface-to-surface Prithvi target missile at an altitude of 40 to 50 km over the seas off the interim test range site in Chandipur in Orissa. "It is a new missile and not part of country's Integrated Guided Missile programme," top DRDO officials said on the condition of anonymity. "We have been working on this anti-missile system for years," scientists said and claimed that missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capability and its own radar. "The missile has response time of 30 seconds and once it detects a target it can be launched in 50 seconds," the scientists said. While, affirming that India would still be observing the US Patriot-III anti missile shield, which Washington is developing, the scientists said that the Indian missiles was "in the class of its own". DRDO did not reveal the contours of the new system developed, hinting that more interception trials could be on the cards.
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Herc the Merc    On Yahoo too--they maybe telling the truth-or is it just a modified Barak?? The last Indian rocket that worked was in Diwali   11/27/2006 12:07:57 PM
India carries out anti-missile test

By GAVIN RABINOWITZ, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 27 minutes ago

NEW DELHI - India on Monday carried out its first successful test interception of a ballistic missile, using a second missile to destroy the incoming rocket, the Defense Ministry said.

If the interceptor missile — the medium-range and nuclear-capable Prithvi 2 missile — can be transformed into a viable defense system, it would push India into an elite club of nations with working missile shields.

Such a system would vastly boost India's defensive capabilities, especially against neighboring Pakistan. The longtime rivals are both nuclear-armed.

The Defense Ministry called the test "a significant milestone."

According to the ministry, the first missile, a modified Prithvi 2 simulating the "adversary's missile," was launched from the Chandipore test range about 155 miles north of Bhubaneswar, capital of India's Orissa state.

The interceptor, also a Prithvi, was fired a minute later from the Wheeler's Island missile testing center. The island is in the Bay of Bengal, about 105 miles north of Bhubaneswar.

In July, India reported a successful launch of the longer-range Agni 2 nuclear missile for a full day before acknowledging the test failed, with the missile plunging into the sea short of its target.

But this time, Defense Minister A.K. Antony was quick to convey "his heartiest congratulations" to the development team, the statement said.

Until now, the Prithvi had been used only as surface-to-surface missile.

A successful missile interception would represent a major advance for India, analysts said.

"The technology is hard and you have to be working for years," said Robin Hughes, the deputy editor of Janes Defense Weekly. "If they have done that in the first test, it is an exceptional advance in technology."

However, the true capabilities could only be known once India revealed more details about the system, he said.

Most of the technology was home grown and was "validated through this successful mission," the defense ministry statement said.

The nuclear-capable Prithvi 2 can carry a conventional payload of up to 1,100 pounds and has a range of 155 miles. The move to modify it comes after the repeated failure of India's Trishul anti-missile project.

Gen. Ashok Mehta, a retired officer and military commentator, said it was only the first step in a process that would require at least 30 successful tests before the system could be brought online.

India has also been in talks with the method=post> Israel, the U.S. and Russia to buy a proven anti-missile defense system, and the Press Trust of India news agency quoted an unnamed defense officials as saying India would still pursue such options.

Mehta said the test was also a message to Pakistan, which does not any similar capacity.

The interceptor test comes a week after the firing of a single Prithvi 2 missile, and 10 days after Pakistan carried out a similar test of its nuclear-capable Ghauri missile, also known as the Hatf 5.

The tests came after the countries concluded a crucial round of peace talks in New Delhi aimed at resolving their differences, including the thorny issue of their territorial dispute

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