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India to test new ballistic missile next week

Speculations about a potential missile test by India has been doing the rounds following a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting airspace usage in the Bay of Bengal region from July 17 to July 26, 2024.

The “AD Launch Site” in West Bengal and the APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch pad off the coast of Odisha are both included in the approved region.

Because of this, experts surmise that the test include the AD-1 Interceptor missile, vital part of India’s Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) program.

The NOTAM mentions both launch sites, indicating that interceptor and target missile launches could occur from different areas.

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The deployment of two launch sites increases the likelihood of BMD-related test, even though formal confirmation of the particular missile being tested is still pending. The high-altitude intercept of incoming ballistic missiles is the primary function