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India developing interceptor missile with 5,000 km range

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  1. Varad

    Varad Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    India developing interceptor missile with 5,000 km range

    NEW DELHI: India has started working on a network of air-defence systems which would be able to shoot down any enemy missile even at a distance of 5,000 kms, before it can enter the Indian air space.

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has already developed a missile that can intercept an incoming aerial threat 2,000 kms away under the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System and is now working on the second phase.

    Under the second phase, missiles are being designed and developed in a manner that would enable them to shoot down any incoming missile at a distance of 5,000 kms, DRDO chief V K Saraswat said here.

    The 5,000 kms interceptor missile is targeted to be ready by 2016, he said.

    "It is well on schedule and we are already on initial design and testing stage," Saraswat said.

    "Presently, our missiles are designed to engage targets within 2,000 km range. Later on, we will be making 5,000 km range class of interceptor missiles. That will be Phase-II of the BMD system," he added.

    Last July, DRDO successfully tested the Phase-I of the indigenously developed interceptor missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island off Orissa coast.

    On possibility of any tie-up with the US or any other country for development of the BMD systems, Saraswat said, "Our process of international collaboration is only to accelerate our own development process. Whenever we feel the need of a new technology, we may go for collaborations."

    On the US offering India the Aegis Missile Defence Systems, he said, "These are market forces and will always remain there. There would always be market forces trying to sell the available equipment. In India this is not just a R&D effort but an actual programme, so I don't think we should worry about this."

    India is also developing the Long Range Tracking Radar (LRTR) for the BMD systems. While the radars used for the Phase-I experiments were built with equal partnership from Israel, the Phase-II will have 80 per cent indigenous component.

    "Only some of the equipments and consultancy would be provided by Israel," Saraswat said.

    India developing interceptor missile with 5,000 km range - The Times of India
     
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    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    Before you guys start celebrating, I must inform you all that the title and the content both are misleading.

    The interceptor missile won't shoot sown a missile 5000 kms away, but it will have the capability to shoot down a missile with a 5000 kms range. It means that we will now intercept high range missiles.
     
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    ^^^^^

    We have more threat from low flying cruise missiles, hope they develop something to detect and neutralize low flying cruise missiles.
     
  4. Varad

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    Are we developing something like the THAAD?
     
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    Also, we need ABMs with extemely low reaction time considereing the threats that surround us.
     
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    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    the heading is misleading but the article isn't....

    What we will be actually doing is that we will be making interceptors that will engage these missiles at even higher altitudes....and yes the engagements will be done at much better ranges as compared to our current interceptors....
     
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    So what are the ranges in which such ABMs operate?. Like how much distance wlll the missile cover before these are sent to engage them
     
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    Interceptors don't engage missiles on a horizontal distance. They engage them at a specific height. The distance these missiles travel horizontally depends on the range of the hostile missile.

    If a hostile missile is a long range missile, it would be travelling at a much faster speeds, and it would enter atmosphere at a lesser angle. Take a look.

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    In the above image you can see where the terminal phase is for the respective missiles. They will need to be intercepted at that height. As you see, the height increases with the range.

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    And since the angle is lesser, speed much faster, the missile needs to be intercepted at a higher altitude and at a higher horizontal distance. But mind you, the horizontal distance is not of any significance.
     
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    A haseeb A Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Hmmm...looks like Pakistan needs to work on a more advanced and maneuverable RV...
     
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    chachachoudhary Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    It simply means the interceptor will be hypersonic interceptor that will have a very long range tracking radar and will intercept the target at an altitude of 120 to 150 km up to the range of 200 km.
     
  11. jagjitnatt

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    Actually not.
    All ballistic missiles are hypersonic, because it needs a velocity of at least 9 km/s to leave the atmosphere.

    Secondly, Ballistic missiles don't have a radar or a seeker at all. A ground radar tracks the hostile missile and the ballistic missile is manually guided to hit it.
     
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    chachachoudhary Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Hypersonic can be 5 to 10 Mach.

    I referred to swordfish and not seeker radar. When I said with, I meant "interceptor as a system".

    The said interceptor will make use of newer version of Swordfish the DRDO is currently developing plus an advanced combined seeker for terminal guidance.
     
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    Dont worry Pakistan does not have a 5000 km range missile.
     
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    ^^^ yes these interceptors will be mainly for chinese BM's.....
     
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    A haseeb A Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Yup...but 4000 km is coming up within 1-2 years...
     
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