ADD missile launched from Abdul Kalam Island

Q.  The indigenous supersonic interceptor missile called ADD was launched from where on May 15th 2016?
- Published on 16 May 16

a. Abdul Kalam Island
b. Wheeler Island
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Both of the above
In its effort to have a full fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system, India on May 15, successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha coast.
  • The interceptor was engaged against a target which was a naval version of Prithvi missile launched from a ship anchored inside Bay of Bengal, taking up the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.
  • The target missile was launched at about 11.15 hours and the interceptor, Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile positioned at Abdul Kalam island (Wheeler Island) getting signals from tracking radars, roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming hostile missile in mid-air, in an endo-atmospheric altitude
  • “The ‘kill’ effect of the interceptor was ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources,” a DRDO scientist said.

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