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Interceptor missile fails to take off

New Delhi: A technical glitch has once again delayed the launch of India’s indigenously built Advanced Air Defence (ADD) interceptor missile from the Integrated Test Range along Orissa’s coast.

Defence sources said a technical snag in the sub-system has delayed the launch.

The ADD interceptor missile is capable of destroying hostile in-coming ballistic missiles.

After sorting out the problem and thorough examination of all systems, it has now been decided to carry out the test on Tuesday.

The test-firing of the missile is now proposed to be carried out from two different launch sites of the ITR.

The target missile, a modified indigenously built Prithvi would first lift off from a mobile launcher from the ITR’s launch complex at Chandipur-on-sea, 15 km from Balasore, Orissa.

Minutes later the interceptor missile would blast off from the Wheeler’s Island, about 70 km across the sea from Chandipur, to intercept it at an altitude of 15 to 20 km in mid-air over the waters.

The new hypersonic interceptor missile is only called ‘AAD’ and is meant to be used in ‘endo-atmospheric conditions.’

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