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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

AAD Interceptor Missile Falls After Takeoff From Launcher

AAD LaunchThe much awaited test of an updated version of India’s most potent Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from a defence test facility off the Odisha coast on Monday turned out to be a fiasco with the weapon system falling immediately after taking off from the launcher.

The indigenously built missile, dubbed as ‘Ashwin’ was fired from the launching complex – IV of the Wheeler Island at about 11.45 am and it was to intercept an electronic target within an altitude of below 20 km as simulated by the mission team to gauge the efficiency and killing precision of the improved version of the killer missile.

Reliable sources at the test range told ‘The New Indian Express’ that the missile nose-dived within a couple of seconds after it took off from the mobile launcher.

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