India tested its supersonic Advanced Area Defence (AAD) missile, the lower-altitude components of its two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system it is developing. The interceptor missile is claimed to be capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude. The interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator.
The interceptor was engaged against a Prithvi missile that acted as target missile.
On February 11, an incoming hostile ballistic missile target was successfully intercepted at high altitude, above 50 km of the earth's atmosphere by an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the Odisha coast.