Saturday, September 25, 2010

Prithvi-II fails to take off during user trial

A user trial of the nuclear weapons-capable, surface-to-surface Prithvi-II ballistic missile from Chandipur in Orissa ended in an embarassing failure as the missile did not take off.The nine metre-long, single stage liquid propelled missile with a maximum range of 350 km was fired from a mobile launcher at 10:03 am from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Orissa coast.But the missile did not take off and a defeaning noise was heard following which the launching complex got enveloped in thick smoke.Fire engines rushed to the spot. The billowing smoke was visible even several kilometres away from the launch-pad. 

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