DRDO Test Fires AAD Interceptor Missile March 2017 Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the successful launch of the interceptor missile Advanced Area Defence (AAD) at 1015 hrs from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha March 1. The endo-atmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 km successfully destroyed the incoming missile. All the mission objectives were successfully met. The weapon system radars tracked the target and provided the initial guidance to the interceptor which could precisely home on to the target and destroyed it in endo-atmospheric layer. The complete event including the engagement and destruction was tracked by a number of electro-optical tracking systems using infrared imagery. Radars and telemetry stations tracked the target and the interceptor till the destruction of the target. The latest launch has proved the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) prowess of the country. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated DRDO on the successful launch of the interceptor missile. DRDO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D Dr S Christopher also congratulated team AAD for the successful test firing. Scientific Advisor to Defence Mnister (SA to RM and Director General (Missiles & Strategic Systems), DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy monitored the launch operation along with other senior officials.