India successfully tested an indigenously developed interceptor defense shield, which detects and destroys incoming ballistic missiles.
Officials from the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said that the shield locked onto the two incoming nuclear missiles, and destroyed them over the Bay of Bengal. DRDO jointly developed the system’s tracking and fire control radar with Israel and France. India is the fifth state to achieve this missile defense technology.
India’s longest-range nuclear missile, Agni IV, is capable of travelling 3500 kilometers. The country has announced it will soon test a nuclear capable missile that can travel over 5000 kilometers.