India tests exo-atmospheric interceptor

22 February 2017

India successfully conducted a test of an indigenously designed exo-atmospheric kill vehicle on 12 February. The Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) was launched from the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal at a target replicating an incoming ballistic missile. A DRDO official said, "The PDV mission is for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 km of [the] earth's atmosphere. Both the PDV interceptor and the two-stage target missile, were successfully engaged."

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