Northrop Grumman Corp. has lost a bid to compete in a winner-take-all contest for initial development and production of a new interceptor missile intended to let U.S. forces hit long-range Iranian missiles.
After the aborted mission, Defense scientists are planning a fresh test of the country’s newly developed Advanced Air Defense (AAD) interceptor missile in June.
This time, a new target missile will be used for the test.
While its planned trial on Sunday was put off after the interceptor missile developed a technical snag in one of its sub-systems in the last minute, Monday’s trial had to be aborted as the target missile `Prithvi’ could not reach the pre-designated altitude leading to its deviation from the coordinated path.
India will be conducting a fourth test of its Ballistic Missile Defense interceptor, the Advanced Air Defense missile, within the next two weeks. The previous three test, November 27, 2006, December 6, 2007, and March 6, 2009, were all successful and on target. Check back in the coming weeks for details on the DRDO’s test.
In less than two weeks, India will test its Ballistic Missile Defence shield again, by launching an interceptor missile to kill an incoming “enemy” ballistic missile mid-flight.
This is the fourth time that the Defence Research and Development Organisation will be testing its interceptor missile.
While the incoming missile will lift off from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore in Orissa, the interceptor will blast off from the launch complex on the Wheeler Island, off Damra village, said V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister.