India joins elite club of nations with Naval BMD capabilities
New Delhi: India acquires Naval Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) capabilities with a successful maiden flight trial of a sea-based endo-atmospheric interceptor missile conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy off the coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal on April 21, 2023, the Ministry of Defence stated here today.
The purpose of the trial was to engage and neutralize a hostile ballistic missile threat thereby elevating India into the elite club of Nations having the BMD capability. The sea-based endo-atmospheric interceptor missile is capable to take down incoming Ballistic missiles from the sea.
Prior to this, DRDO successfully demonstrated a land-based BMD system with the capability to neutralize ballistic missile threats, emerging from adversaries.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the Indian Navy and the Industry involved in the successful demonstration of ship-based Ballistic Missile Defence capabilities.
Chairman DRDO Dr Samir V Kamat complimented the teams involved in the design and development of the missile. He said that the nation has achieved self-reliance in developing highly-complex network-centric anti-ballistic missile systems.
– global bihari bureau