Daily Current Affairs Update: 24th April, 2023

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Ballistic missile interceptor

  • Recently, The DRDO and Indian Navy successfully conducted a maiden flight trial of sea-based endo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the coast of Odisha.
  • India entered an elite club of nations with the capability to fire a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) interceptor from a naval platform.
  • Prior to this, DRDO has successfully demonstrated land-based ballistic missile defence system with capability to neutralize ballistic missile threats, emerging from adversaries.

Two-tires of BMD system

Prithvi Air Defence missile

  • It was originally tested in 2006 and is capable of intercepting and destroying missiles at exo-atmospheric altitudes ranging from 50 to 180 kilometres.
  • The Pradyumna interceptor has already replaced the Prithvi Air Defence BMD.
  • Exo-atmospheric missiles are capable of completing missions in the Earth's upper atmosphere.

Advanced Air Defence Missile

  • The second layer is Advanced Air Defence (AAD) Missile for lower altitude interception.
  • It was first tested in 2007 and designed to knock down hostile missiles in the endo-atmosphere at altitudes of 15-40 KM.
  • The endo-atmospheric missiles are the ones that operate within the earth's atmosphere that covers an altitude below 100 KM.

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