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Interceptor missile trial fails as target falls into sea

Interceptor missile trial failed to materialise as the target deviated from its path and plunged into the sea.

The test fire of India’s new Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from the Orissa coast on Monday failed to materialise as the target deviated from its path and plunged into the sea.

The target,a Prithvi missile,fired at 10:02 am from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range Complex-3 at Chandipur-on-Sea,15 km from here,deviated from its trajectory after travelling about 11 km and fell into the sea,defence sources said.

As a result,the hypersonic interceptor missile,being developed to destroy hostile incoming ballistic missiles,did not get the required command for take off from Wheeler Island,about 70 km across the sea from Chandipur,they said.

The AAD missile was to intercept the target at an altitude of 15 to 20 km over the sea.

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“Scientists are analysing data to ascertain the reason behind the deviation of the Prithvi from its pre-designated trajectory,” the sources said.

“Coordination between the target missile (Prithvi),from Chandipur and the interceptor from Wheeler Island could not take place properly during the planned trial,” they said.

The trial,aimed at developing a multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system,was originally scheduled to be held yesterday from the two sites of the ITR,but had to be put off due to technical snag in a sub-system at Wheeler Island,they said.

First published on: 15-03-2010 at 12:37:33 pm
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