Saturday, February 23, 2008

We have the capability to destroy foreign objects in space: Kalam

The former President and architect of India’s missile programme A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Friday asserted that the country had the capability of intercepting and destroying any foreign object endangering its territory.

The country had achieved “very high” technological capabilities in avionics, guidance and computerisation in particular, to intercept and destroy objects at a height of up to 200 km. “We definitely have the capability of intercepting foreign objects in defensive action,” he told journalists on the sidelines of an international conference on avionics systems that began here.

The successful tests of the Anti-Ballistic Missile and Akash systems in exo and endo-atmospheric regions proved that “we have reliable technology and capability of interceptor missiles.”

The country was doing well in guidance and control systems and efforts were under way to significantly develop “Electronic Counter-Counter Measures.” Emphasis was being laid on miniaturisation for easy carriage of missiles aboard aircraft.

V.K. Saraswat, Chief Controller, Defence Research and Development Organisation, Research and Development (Missiles and Strategic Systems), said the country had the technology to detect the “coming and dangerous” objects. “We have the technological strength to obstruct and destroy them.”

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