Indian Missile Defence Shield Ready

India’s main mis­sile lab­o­ra­to­ry said on Sun­day it had devel­oped a mis­sile defence shield, which could be assem­bled at short notice.

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The Press Trust of India quot­ed Defence Research and Devel­op­ment Organ­i­sa­tion (DRDO) chief V. K. Saraswat as say­ing the shield could pro­tect at least two cities where­by incom­ing bal­lis­tic mis­sile with the range of up to 2,000kms could be destroyed.

The sys­tem is to be upgrad­ed to the range of 5,000 kms by 2016. “The Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile Defence shield is now mature. We are ready to put phase one in place and it can be put in very short time,” Mr Saraswat told the PTI.

He said the shield, as part of phase one of the pro­gramme, can be put in place at two places in the coun­try, where the infra­struc­ture is avail­able.

How­ev­er, the two places have not yet been iden­ti­fied and the selec­tion will be made at the polit­i­cal lev­el.

The DRDO used vari­ants of Prithvi mis­siles as sim­u­lat­ed tar­gets and suc­cess­ful­ly inter­cept­ed them in test-fir­ings.

“We have car­ried out six suc­cess­ful launch­es and demon­strat­ed the capa­bil­i­ty for 2,000km targets…We have demon­strat­ed it in two lay­ers that is endo-atmos­pher­ic (inside the Earth’s atmos­phere) and exo-atmos­pher­ic (out­side the Earth’s atmos­phere),” Mr Saraswat said.

He said all the ele­ments such as long-range radars and track­ing devices, real-time datalink and mis­sion con­trol sys­tem required for the mis­sile sys­tem had been “realised” suc­cess­ful­ly.

The DRDO chief told the PTI the Indi­an mis­sile defence sys­tem was com­pa­ra­ble with the US Patri­ot 3 sys­tem, which was suc­cess­ful­ly used dur­ing the 1990 Gulf War against Iraq.

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