India successfully test fires Prithvi Defence Vehicle
India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test off the Odisha achieving a major milestone in developing a two-layerBallistic Missile Defence system. The interceptor was launched from Abdul Kalam Island of the Integrated Test Range. Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) mission is for engaging the targets in the atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 kilometers of the earth atmosphere.
About Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV)
- The PDV was first tested in April 2014. The missile interceptor had a “near miss” at an altitude of 120 kilometers.
- However, in February 2017, the Interceptor missile was successfully test fired from the Abdul Kalam Island.
- The PDV is slated to replace the existing Prithvi Air Defense (PAD)/Pradyumna Ballistic Missile Interceptor, which has a maximum interception altitude of 80 kilometers.
- The new two-stage solid-fueled PDV interceptor is fitted with an Imaging Infrared (IIR) seeker, developed by DRDO, to distinguish between incoming warheads and decoys.