India successfully tests Ashvin interceptor

04 January 2018

India has conducted a successful test of the Ashvin/Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile interceptor, according to a joint statement released by India’s Ministry of Defence and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The Ashvin interceptor was launched on 28 December 2017, from the DRDO’s Integrated Test Range facility on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, and engaged the target ballistic missile – a modified version of the Prithvi II short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) – launched from the Launch Complex III (LC-III) located at Chandipur-on-Sea, about 75 km north of Abdul Kalam Island.

The Ashvin is a single-stage solid-propellant fuelled missile, 7.5 m in length, 450 mm in diameter, and with a launch weight of about 1,200 kg.

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