India's missile defence system is set to get a big boost as it is developing capability to intercept enemy missiles fired from a distance of up to 5,000 km, in effect tackling any possible threat from countries such as China.
The capability is being developed by DRDO as part of theBallistic Missile Defence (BMD) shield, whose first phase is ready for deployment possibly in Delhi.
Development of the first phase of the BMD programme has been completed, DRDO chief Avinash Chander told in an interview. Under this, the BMD shield can tackle enemy missiles fired at from ranges up to 2,000 km.
Taking this forward, the DRDO is enhancing the capabilityof BMD in phase-II to deal with threat from missiles of longer range of up to 5,000 km.
"We are planning to soon carry out the first trial of the phase-II of the programme under which we will test our capability to destroy an incoming ballistic missile fired atus from 5,000 km range," said Chander, who took over charge earlier this month.
"Such a capability meets our immediate threatperception," he said when asked if it would cover the threatof such missiles being fired from countries such as China.