India Prepares for its Longest-Range Missile Intercept Attempt Yet

Global Security Newswire Staff
April 22, 2014, 8:44 a.m.

In a mis­sile de­fense test planned for next week, In­dia will at­tempt its longest-range in­ter­cept yet of a bal­list­ic tar­get, the Times of In­dia re­ports.

In­di­an De­fense Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­iz­a­tion Dir­ect­or Gen­er­al Avinash Chander told re­port­ers the test from Wheel­er Is­land would be against tar­gets ap­prox­im­ately 62 miles away.

The uniden­ti­fied an­ti­mis­sile sys­tem already has suc­cess­fully in­ter­cep­ted at least six  tar­gets at dis­tances between 12 and 19 miles away, he said.

In­dia ul­ti­mately hopes to de­vel­op the cap­ab­il­ity to in­ter­cept bal­list­ic mis­siles with ranges in ex­cess of 1,240 miles, Chander said.

Mean­while, across In­dia’s west­ern bor­der, Pakistan on Tues­day car­ried out a suc­cess­ful tri­al launch of its Hatf 3 nuc­le­ar-cap­able mis­sile, the Xin­hua News Agency re­por­ted.

“The suc­cess­ful launch con­cluded the field train­ing ex­er­cise of [the] stra­tegic mis­sile group of Army Stra­tegic Forces Com­mand,” the Pakistani army said in a state­ment.

The Hatf 3 has a range of 180 miles and can carry either atom­ic or con­ven­tion­al pay­loads.

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