Prithvi-II fails to take off in user's trial

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  1. Rahul92

    Rahul92 Senior Member Senior Member

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    India's indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II ballistic missile failed to take off during a user trial from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off the Orissa coast today apparently due to a technical problem, defence sources said.

    Though the ITR authorities were not immediately available for comment, defence sources said the sophisticated missile could not take off during the planned trial from the launch complex-III of the test range due to some "technical snag."

    "The failure to lift Prithvi-II was due to a snag either in the main missile or the sub-system, including the launcher," they said, adding the test-fire was slated to be held as part of user's trial by the armed forces.

    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, they said.

    The last four user's trials of the surface-to-surface missile were successfully conducted during the about one year period, from the same site in the ITR.

    The last trial was conducted on June 18, this year.

    The test firing of the state-of-the-art missile, which has already been inducted into armed forces, was planned as users trial by the specially formed "Strategic Force Command" (SFC), the sources said.

    Senior army officials and defence scientists were present at the test site as the user's trial was aimed at acquainting the personnel with various aspects of the sophisticated missile with a maximum striking range of 350km and capable of carrying a pay-load of 500 kg warhead.

    Prithvi, the first ballistic missile developed under the country's prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, is propelled by liquid propulsion twin engine, they said.

    With a length of nine metres and one-metre diameter, Prithvi-II uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.

    Source : Prithvi-II fails to take off in user's trial - Sci/Tech - DNA
  3. nitesh

    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    Please use existing thread and this is old news it has already been posted
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