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India has plans to have a Sea-based Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and the first components of the elaborate Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) likely will be integrated into first Next Generation Destroyers (NGD) while the Navy plans for the development of dedicated ballistic missile interceptor vessels.

DRDO has commenced trials of the Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) with the test of AD-1, a long-range interceptor missile designed for both “low exo-atmospheric” and “endo-atmospheric” interception of long-range ballistic missiles as well as aircraft.

Phase II will also see the development of the AD-2 Interceptor missile that can intercept IRBM (Intermediate-range Ballistic Missile) targets with a range between 3000 to 5500 kilometres.

NGD will feature both AD-1 and AD-2 Interceptor missiles as part of the Sea-based Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system that will be mated with a new solid-state AESA radar under development by DRDO called Long-range multifunction radar (LRMFR) that will provide target tracking to fire control for the surface to an air missile system like VL-SRSAM/LR-SAM but also for BMD roles.

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A Promo video of the Indian Navy showcased a graphical rendition of what could be a possible concept of the upcoming Next-Generation Destroyer (NGD) class warships that featured a canister-based universal Vertical Launch System with 144 missiles placed in three 6×4 VLS 2 configuration that is placed at the bow and aft. NGD can also be seen with 8 slant launchers behind the main radar possibly for the BrahMos-2.

Next-Generation Destroyer (NGD) class warships are a clean slate design that is still under the design phase and will be the successor to the Visakhapatnam-class destroyers. NGD configuration is likely to be finalized sometime in 2024 with construction starting in 2025-26 with induction happening in 2031.

NGD will have displacement for the 13,000 Standard tonnes for six warships that have been planned at an estimated cost of 50000 crores. NGD will be in the same class as the Chinese Type 055 destroyer (112 VLS cells), or the U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser (122 VLS cells).

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