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Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) seen in background

In a recent interview with Bharat Shakti Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Commodore A. Madhavarao (Retd.), Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), shed light on India’s advancements in ballistic missile defense. The focus of the discussion was the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV), an anti-ballistic missile designed to eliminate incoming threats in the exo-atmosphere.

The PDV is a two-stage, solid-fueled interceptor missile manufactured by BDL. This formidable weapon operates at an altitude range of 50 kilometers to 180 kilometers, targeting ballistic missiles within the exo-atmosphere. A key feature of the PDV is its DRDO-developed Imaging Infrared (IIR) seeker. This technology enables the PDV to differentiate between actual warheads and potential decoys, ensuring precise targeting.

Recent satellite imagery suggests that India has commenced deployment of the first phase of its two-tiered ballistic missile defense system. This system combines the PDV with the Prithvi Air Defence (PAD) missile to neutralize ballistic missiles in the exo-atmosphere, with a combined engagement range of 50 kilometers to 180 kilometers (some sources suggest 150 kilometers). The system also includes the Advanced Air Defense (AAD) interceptor missile, designed to target missiles within the endo-atmosphere at altitudes of 20 kilometers to 40 kilometers.

The deployment of the PDV marks a significant milestone in India’s quest for a robust ballistic missile defense shield. This multi-layered system, with the PDV as a key component, strengthens the nation’s capability to defend against potential missile threats, ensuring greater security for its citizens.

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