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Updated: September 25, 2010 20:03 IST

Prithvi-II fails to take off

Y. Mallikarjun
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File photo shows the test-firing of a Prithvi-II, surface-to-surface missile, at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off the Orissa coast. Photo: Special Arrangement
File photo shows the test-firing of a Prithvi-II, surface-to-surface missile, at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off the Orissa coast. Photo: Special Arrangement

The nuclear weapons-capable, surface-to-surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II failed to take off after it was fired from a mobile launcher during a user trial at Chandipur in Orissa on Friday.

The missile, with a range of 350 km, was fired around 10 a.m. by personnel of the Strategic Forces Command as part of a training exercise. But the rocket engine stopped functioning a few seconds after the launch command was given and failed to provide the missile the necessary thrust to blast off.

The likely causes for the malfunctioning of the engine — a problem with the liquid propellant or an absence of free flow of the fuel in the pipelines or a snag during the command — were being looked into, official sources said. The exact reason would be known in two or three days after the entire data was analysed.

The nine-metre, single-stage missile has already been inducted into the Indian Air Force and is capable of carrying payloads of 500-1,000 kg.

Prithvi is the first missile to be developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and has two variants – Prithvi-II for the Air Force and Dhanush for the Navy. The Prithvi class of missiles have so far been tested more than 50 times.

prithvi is best missile in world

from:  yashesh
Posted on: Sep 27, 2010 at 16:35 IST

Since the missile tested is intended to carry nuclear warhead it is to be 100% ensured that no mishap occurs on any account as the consequences will be disastrous.
Zero tolerance for quality lapses.
Let the results be analysed in full by all experts and the problems addressed before the next attempt.

from:  K.Natarajan
Posted on: Sep 27, 2010 at 09:41 IST

A loss for the Indian community. I hope that the next launch will be a grand success and far better than this time.

from:  Shinto Mathew Abraham
Posted on: Sep 25, 2010 at 18:35 IST

This is a result of recruiting third rate engineers from third rate Bangalore engineering colleges while ignoring IIT's. I remember in our IIT DRDO came for recruitment with a salary of Rs 6000/-pm when Sapient, TCS etc were offering Rs 50000/-pm. As a result only some old & tired Phd guys came who had no offer from anywhere else, others including me opted out. I am surprised how govt expects those working on most modern technologies to work @ Rs6000/-.

from:  Anish Khindri
Posted on: Sep 25, 2010 at 11:51 IST

After the missile blunder, the CWG blunder, India is coming up with the ultimate blunder, the mother of all blunders; the nuclear power plant. I am sure the disaster will be of epic proportions making the Chernobyl catastrophe look small.

from:  nawawimohamad
Posted on: Sep 25, 2010 at 10:00 IST

How comes India's missile system is not as good as the Pakistani missile's. They are being sold dud military goods from Israel, the one's that failed in the latest 'war'.
Pakistans missiles (and this is a fact) are much superior than India's.
If Pakistan was allowed the technology know how which America and Israel have they would be superior.

from:  Raza Iqbal
Posted on: Sep 25, 2010 at 00:30 IST

failures are the key to tomorrows success considering they aren't repeated again.

from:  sumit
Posted on: Sep 24, 2010 at 23:36 IST
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