Prithvi Air Defence (PAD) to Air Defence (AD) Target Interception Mission was carried out successfully on November 27 at 10:15 hours over the coast of Bay of Bengal at Integrated Test Range. All the objectives of the maiden mission have been met.
The mission was in complete weapon configuration with weapon system radar LRTR, MFCR, MCC, LCC, MCT, TUT, Fusion Computer and Chaya System. All the elements were inter-connected through redundant communication links.
A series of full dress rehearsals was conducted with complete weapon system elements, electronic target and interceptors to validate the integrated system performance.
To evaluate the integrated functionality for weapon system elements and software, AD Target-03 was test fired successfully from launch complex No-3 (LC III), Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur on November 19 at 09:55 hours. All the events took place as per planned mission sequence and Interceptor was launched elctronically as per Ground Guidance Computation. The electronic interceptor intercepted the target as precisely as seen in digital simulations and HILS simulations. Tartget-03 missile performance was completely satisfactory and as also the weapon system performance. This validated the full system and gave added confidence for the actual mission.
On November 27, at 10:15 hours, Air Defence Target-02 was launched from LC III. The Weapon System Radars picked up the target at 3 km altitude, MCC gave target assignment to LCC, Ground Guidance Computed the Initial Azimuth, time of launch of PAD and uploaded to On-board computer and the PAD interceptor lifted off when the Target was at Apogee and onboard guidance steered the interceptor towards target. The on-board seeker acquired the target, the stage separation and second stage motor ignition events happened as planned. The Terminal Guidance and Control performed flawlessly. All the mission events took place as expected. The PAD intercepted the Target successfully at an altitude of 50 km.
Defence Minister, Mr AK Antony conveyed his heartiest congratulations to the entire DRDO community and its Programme Director and Chief Controller of Research & Development, Dr VK Saraswat on the success of the mission.
source : DRDO