highsea read this, alot of what u said is reflected here,
The missile system has to be tested in battle conditions.
While few details are available on the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) atmospheric intercept system that was tested on Monday, the experience of militarily advanced countries like the US, Russia and Israel, indicate that such a system is highly challenging to develop. The DRDO’s unknown missile interceptor, aims to be the forerunner of an anti-missile defence system and its claim that the test is a “milestone” is premature considering it was conducted under controlled conditions. This involves multiple stages from detection to ascertaining hostile presence, classification or identification of friend or foe, readying the system and finally accurately engaging the target. The entire gamut of activities from detection to engagement constitutes ‘real reaction time’ that is crucial to determining the success or failure of any missile system. Given the DRDO’s recent track record in missile development, it can at best be accused of technological overreach in this instance.
However, as always any missile systems’ capability is established under battle conditions. An anti-missile defence system implies the smooth integration of missiles, radar and tracking systems and sub-systems. The DRDO’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme since the early 1980s is still a long way from completion. Its Trishul low altitude, surface-to-air missile has been abandoned after nearly 30 years whilst both Akash surface to air missile and Nag anti-tank missile are nowhere near series production. And more recently the Agni III intermediate range ballistic missile failed in July following technical problems.
It is unclear whether the DRDO would eventually adopt the make-or-buy formula or opt for a combination of both for an anti-missile defence system. As always India has kept its options open to procure the Russian s-300 PMU 1 anti-ballistic missile shield in addition to acquiring the Israeli Greenpine radar and is also looking at USA’s Lockheed Martin for its various Patriot advanced capability anti-theatre ballistic missile systems. The nation’s air defence shield also needs to tackle threats not only from missiles with conventional and nuclear warneads but also drones and low flying aircraft. But the moot question is whether the DRDO’s latest experiment will eventually translate into a successful system and within a reasonable time frame.