In A First, India Acquires Floating Test Range Capability For Testing Missiles At Sea

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 28 October 2019, 03:17 PM
Developed by the DRDO, the FTR is actually a 10,000-tonne ship that can be used as a launchpad for the missiles.
Developed by the DRDO, the FTR is actually a 10,000-tonne ship that can be used as a launchpad for the missiles. (Photo Credit : Sourced )

For the first time ever, India has finally acquired a defence capability that will be a gamechanger for the forces. Sources say that India has developed a floating test range that will be soon used to test missiles. The first FTR has been stationed at sea. Developed by the DRDO, the FTR is actually a 10,000-tonne ship that can be used as a launchpad for the missiles. The speciality of FTR is that the missile tests can be carried out without the issues of trouble to local population or any land limitation. This means that the missile tests from FTR would be largely hassle-free.

Only few nations around the world have similar defence capability. According to a report by the Hindustan Times, apart from the testing launchpad, the FTR will also be used to destroy enemy missiles in mid-air. FTR will enable the authorities carry out such missile tests at much shorter notice as there would be no requirement of any notice from the local authorities.

The FTR, however, won’t be used to test Agni missiles.  “The FTR has all the capabilities of Interim Test Range (ITR) with the capability to test missiles in deep sea with minimum safety precautions as the latter allows only a cone of two to three degrees to launch a missile. It is for testing all missiles including BMD,” a senior official was quoted as saying by The Hindustan Times.

The FTR, however, won’t be used to test Agni missiles.  “The FTR has all the capabilities of Interim Test Range (ITR) with the capability to test missiles in deep sea with minimum safety precautions as the latter allows only a cone of two to three degrees to launch a missile. It is for testing all missiles including BMD,” a senior official was quoted as saying by The Hindustan Times. The FTR is part of India’s ambitious Phase II of the  ballistic missile defence . In April this year, the phase one of the Ballistic Missile Defence programme was completed. While Phase-II is about covering the skies of eastern India, the Phase-I was about securing national capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai.

First Published: Monday, October 28, 2019 02:32 PM
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