外文标题：Test of missile interceptor for aerial shield fails
NEW DELHI: India’s development of a ballistic missile defence (BMD) shield is still years away from becoming operational, with yet another test of its interceptor missile flopping on Monday morning.
Sources said the advanced air defence (AAD) interceptor missile was fired from Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast but plummeted into the Bay of Bengal soon after. “The mission was aborted barely three seconds after the launch since the interceptor missile went awry. Fortunately, the target was only an electronically simulated missile and not a real one,” said a source.
The previous test of this BMD system in April last year had also failed. DRDO has been promising a BMD shield for New Delhi, to be followed by Mumbai and other cities, for several years now but without much success.
As earlier reported by TOI, after the last somewhat successful test of an interceptor missile in November 2012, DRDO had grandly promised that a two-tier missile shield would be deployed for New Delhi by 2014. But the deadline went by without any progress.
Give it some time. Most missile systems, built on existing platforms, take years to develop. That said we should track, evaluate and review the feasibility of the system at regular intervals and not after decades of decay.
oh DRDO…ok then, lets move on…
Well, at least it’s in development, and a BDM shield is something you really want to make sure doesn’t fail when you actually need it.
it will take another decade