DRDO makes progress on new missile testing facility

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    DRDO makes progress on new missile testing facility

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has received approval from the federal environment ministry to convert 155 hectares of mangrove forest in Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, into a missile launch testing facility.

    Final clearance for the facility now awaits supreme court approval as the proposed site is within a wildlife sanctuary.

    The petroleum ministry granted clearance for the project in 2012 after being persuaded that it would not affect plans to prospect for oil and gas in the Krishna river delta. The DRDO originally planned to start construction of the INR10 billion (USD179 million) facility in 2013.

    The proposed site will supplement India's two existing missile ranges at Chandipur and Wheeler Island and is intended to facilitate trials of the under-development ballistic missile defence shield from 2016.
    DRDO makes progress on new missile testing facility - IHS Jane's 360
     
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