DRDO Current Affairs

Supersonic interceptor missile successfully test-fired

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted successful tested supersonic endo-atmospheric interceptor missile developed under Ballistic Missile Interceptor Advanced Air Defence (AAD) System from Abdul Kalam Island (earlier known as Wheeler Island) Odisha.

About Test

The interceptor missile was launched against multiple simulated targets of 1,500 km class ballistic missile. The mission objectives of test were successfully met. One of its target was selected on real time and weapon system radars tracked target and locked missile on to it and intercepted it in mid-air on sea surface with high degree of accuracy. The complete test including engagement and interception was tracked by number of electro-optical tracking systems, radars and telemetry stations. This test validated some improved features incorporated in validate some improved features incorporated in interceptor missile while its missile major health parameters including its ‘kill’ effect already have been validated in earlier tests.

Interceptor Missile

The endo-atmospheric interceptor missile is yet to get formal name. It has been developed as part of indegenous efforts to have multi-layer ballistic missile defence system, capable of destroying incoming hostile ballistic missiles. It is 7.5-metre long and is capable of intercepting incoming targets at altitude of 15 to 25 km.

It is single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile. It equipped with navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator, sources said. It has its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars.


DRDO has spearheaded India’s double-layered interceptor ballistic missile defence (BMD) programme. It consists of two interceptor missiles, Advanced Area Defence (AAD) missile for endo-atmosphere or lower altitudes and Prithvi Defence Vehicle for exo-atmospheric ranges. DRDO expects deployment of this indegenous BMD shield by 2022. It will make India fourth country in the world after US, Russia and Israel to successfully built effective anti-ballistic missile system.

Month: Categories: Defence Current Affairs 2018


Ashok Leyland to supply 10×10 heavy vehicles to Indian Army

Indian Army has awarded Rs. 100-crore contract for 81 high mobility 10×10 vehicles to India’s leading vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland. This is for first time Indian vehicle manufacturer will deliver heavy duty, high mobility vehicles for the launchers. This will reduce dependency on imports

Key Facts

The heavy duty, high mobility vehicles manufactured by Ashok Leyland are fully designed, developed and built in India. They will replace Indian Army’s ageing Russian-built Smerch Multi-Barrel Rocket launchers (MBRL). They will also carry strategic missiles developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The indigenous 10×10 vehicle will be powered by Ashok Leyland’s 360HP Neptune engine. It can carry maximum load of 27 tonnes at maximum speed of 60 kmph. Some of these vehicles will be fitted with rocket handling cranes. Ther delivery will start in this financial year and will be completed in next financial year.


India initially procured two regiments of the 12-tube, 300 mm Smerch systems from Russia under Rs. 2,600 crore signed in end 2015, and later procured additional systems under a second deal in 2007.  Each regiment has two batteries of six launchers each. The Smerch has a maximum range of 90 km. The indigenising vehicles is key step in improving t maintenance and efficiency of Indian Army’s logistics chain. In recent years, Indian vehicle manufacturers have managed to develop variety of heavy and specialist vehicles required by Armed Forces, thereby reducing import dependency. Ashok Leyland also has won tender from DRDO to develop even heavier 12×12 vehicle to mount country’s long range strategic missiles. These vehicles can carry a maximum load of 34 tonnes.

Month: Categories: Defence Current Affairs 2018