Modi lauds successful testing of interceptor missile (Lead, correcting headline)

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated the country’s defence scientists for successfully testing an interceptor missile, saying it was a proud moment for the entire nation.

“With this, India joins the select group of five nations with such capability – a proud moment for the entire country,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

India on Wednesday successfully test fired the Advanced Air Defence (AAD) Missile, the second level of two-tier interceptor missile system that can destroy hostile ballistic missiles.

The latest test comes less than a month after India successfully tested the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile on February 11.