|PAD and AAD Ballistic Missile Interceptors|
The PAD is equipped with a single missile which may not be a very effective means of idea to interception against a Ballistic missile which maybe tipped with a nuclear warhead. The other systems which were offered to India, the American Patriot, Israel’s Arrow and the Russians SAM were all equipped with six or eight VLS systems. The THAAD ,S 400 and the Arrow systems are equipped with multiple launch features which can simultaneously track and launch missiles against warheads themselves. PAD systems developed under the second phase will be equipped with four or six cell launcher which can improve the probability of the Interception rate of the system.
DRDO has plans for testing the system yet again in April, 2015. DRDO plans to check the operational preparedness of the ballistic missile defence. The tests till date were designated tests during the Launch phase the whole organisation would be put to work for the mission under a single window. But checking for the preparedness of the systems the system is based on a Prithvi missile which is a two-stage missile and can intercept targets within the designated 80 kms range. The first stage of the missile is powered by Solid fuelled motor which is fuelled by Solid propellants. The second stage of the missile is powered by a liquid fuelled motor. The missile under the program has been equipped with state of the art manoeuvre thrusters which are capable of generating lateral acceleration of more than 5 gs at 50 km altitude. The critical guidance for the system is provided by inertial navigation system which can be updated mid-course thanks to the Swordfish active electronically scanned array long-range tracking radar which was developed specifically to be integrated in the PAD program.