A third interceptor, the PDV, is a hypersonic missile that cantake down missiles as high as 150 km and is still in developmentalthough one was successfully tested in early 2014.
The U.S. and Japan successfully completed a ballistic missile intercept in a spectacular test off the west coast of Hawaii last week.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar lauded the efforts of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and all the scientists involved for their dedicated efforts in this significant achievement, the release added.
The SM-3 Block IIA is being developed cooperatively by the United States and Japan to defeat mediumand intermediate-range ballistic missiles. With the help of Inertial Guidance and IR Seeker, the missile moves for interception.
It destroyed the incoming missile in the endo-atmospheric region at a low altitude of less than 30 km.
The detailed of the events were monitored by the Telemetry/RangeStations at various other locations, ITR sources said.
The testing was done by developing a hostile ballistic missile and launching it from a ship anchored in the Bay of Bengal.
Developed by DRDO, the 7.5-metre tall interceptor is a single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with an inertial navigation system and an electro-mechanical activator totally under command by the data uplinked from the ground-based radar.