Indian military researchers hope to be able to develop an indigenous ballistic missile defense system with the capability of neutralizing targets as far away as roughly 3,100 miles, the Press Trust of India reported on Sunday.
The initial stage of the missile shield is almost ready to be activated. "The first choice for such a deployment would be the capital, New Delhi, as it is the heart of the country," Indian Defense Research and Development Organization head Avinash Chander told the news agency.
"We are planning to soon carry out the first trial of the Phase II of the program under which we will test our capability to destroy an incoming ballistic missile fired at us from [roughly 3,100 mile range]," Chander said.
Having that kind of a missile interception ability would fulfill "our immediate threat perception," he said.
In developing such longer-range antimissile capabilities, India is understood to be focusing on the possible threat from China and not its long-time rival, Pakistan.