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Updated: May 6, 2012 14:36 IST

Missile defence shield ready: DRDO chief

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DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat has said that the organisation is ready to put phase-I of the ballistic missile defence shield in place. File photo
DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat has said that the organisation is ready to put phase-I of the ballistic missile defence shield in place. File photo

India has developed a missile defence shield which can be put in place at short notice to protect at least two cities, bringing the country on par with an elite group of few nations.

The shield, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, has been tested successfully and an incoming ballistic missile with the range of up to 2,000 km can be destroyed. The system is to be upgraded to the range of 5,000 km by 2016.

“The ballistic missile defence shield is now mature... We are ready to put phase-I in place and it can be put in very short time,” DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat told PTI in New Delhi in an interview.

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 missiles in test-firings.

“We have carried out six successful launches and demonstrated the capability for 2,000 km 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 data-link and mission control system required for the missile system have been “realised” successfully.

Under the phase-II of the project, the premier defence research agency would upgrade the system to handle ballistic missiles with range of 5,000 km. This phase is expected to be ready by 2016.

The system required for phase-II of the project is being developed, he said, adding that for this purpose, ships are being built from where the target missiles would be launched.

The DRDO chief said the phase two of the project is expected to be completed by 2016.

Talking about the advancement of the system, Mr. Saraswat said the missile defence shield has been “automated” to an extent where human intervention would be required only if the mission has to be aborted.

The DRDO chief said the Indian missile defence system is comparable with the U.S. Patriot 3 system, which was successfully used during the 1990 Gulf War against Iraq.

As part of its efforts to protect itself from enemy missiles, India is developing this two-tier BMD which can intercept enemy missiles at altitudes of 80 km and 150 km.

The DRDO is thinking of intercepting the missiles at higher altitudes as it would give it more response time in case the first attempt is a miss and the second layer of the system can be put into action.

The system was first test-fired in November 2006 elevating India into the elite club of countries to have successfully developed an anti-ballistic missile system, after United States, Russia and Israel.

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we must not share this technology with NATO.because our system is
considered more desirable in various discussion all over the world ,and
if we shared it with NATO its nothing but sharing technology with US.

from:  aditya salunke
Posted on: May 25, 2012 at 14:06 IST

I remember working with DRDO to refine this concept and project in 1987 (from Digital). Now they say (25 years later) that they have it for two cities. Do they? How did they test and prove it? I suspect all this "Bringing the country on par with an elite group of few nations" to be Govt propaganda (trying to save themselves from the hollowness of India's defence). Besides, India's expertise lies in the pursuit of backwardness rather than memberships of elite clubs. The prototype fractal of India is to be found in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution.

from:  S. Suchindranath Aiyer
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 17:30 IST

What's all this about a Defence shield? Who is threatening India? Who would bother to attack India and for what? What a waste of money on missiles and shields that should be spent on health and education. India holds the largest number of poor and illiterate people in the world. 40% of the world's malnourished children live in India.

from:  George
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 16:32 IST

well done. we r proud of u

from:  vivek
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 15:53 IST

In my opinion, this is no cause for celebration. It is well known that Chinese have FAR superior technology than us, and even their weakest missile can evade our so-called "missile defence system" and vanquish our country.

The question: even after knowing this fact, is our government GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT?

from:  Mohun
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 13:26 IST

It is very good news. I think DRDO place this indigenous missile shield within 3/4 months to protect Delhi and other main cities. Within 2014 India also have anti-satellite weapon in completely ready stage .

from:  Partha
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 13:23 IST

This achievement is encouraging. Like the development of Agni-V did, this again is sure to ruffle some Chinese feather when launched in full swing.

from:  Mukul Kanti Dutta
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 13:19 IST

News like this are the one whcih are giving happiness and confidendt in our defence system. Wishes to the team which has succeeded.

from:  Anand S
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 13:08 IST
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