Prithvi-II fails to take off in user`s trial
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Last Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010, 21:29
Balasore/New Delhi: India's indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II ballistic missile failed to take off during a user trial on Friday and a "manufacturing defect" is being suspected for the aborted launch.

A top Defence scientist Dr Prahlada, however, said there is nothing to "worry" following the failure at the Integrated Test Range (ITR)at Chandipur off the Orissa coast since the design and other capabilities of the missile with a range of 350 km are proven.

The test firing of the nine-metre long state-of-the-art missile, which has already been inducted into armed forces, was planned as user trial by the specially formed "Strategic Force Command" (SFC) of the Armed Forces.

The previous four user trials of the surface-to-surface missile were successfully conducted during the last 12 months from the same site at the ITR.

The last trial was conducted on June 18 this year. "There is nothing to worry. A large number of these missiles are produced and the Strategic Forces Command keeps testing them from the ITR.

This particular missile may not have taken off may be due to a manufacturing defect which may have crept in it while integration as a large number of agencies are involved in the process," Dr Prahlada, Distinguished Scientist, Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) told PTI in New Delhi.

Prahlada also said the missile is already a proven one and there should be no doubts about its reliability.

"There are certain one shot devices in the missile, which may have gone wrong. The design and other capabilities of the missile are proven," he added.

According to Defence sources in Balasore, the failure to lift was due to a snag either in the main missile or the sub-system, including the launcher.

During today's planned trial, a noise could be heard as smoke billowed from the launch site around the time of the blasting.

Efforts were on to ascertain the exact reason behind the failure on the part of the missile to take off and defence scientists were examining the matter thoroughly, sources said.

This is the third time that a missile launch has failed in the country in the last one year.

The night test-firing of the Agni-2 missile had failed on November 24 last but was successfully test-fired on May 17 this year.

The Ballistic Missile defence shield test had also failed on March 15 this year but was testfired successfully later.


First Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, 21:29

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