21 October, 2020

State Gazette

A payload full of dust, Renal failure; A diabetic shock; Friendly neighbours; A literate move and Looming menace on the skyline

Prashant Panjiar
State Gazette
A Payload Full Of Dust
One, two, three, four...and many more ‘successful’ test firings. The charade of the Trishul missile project continues as the Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad, is keen to prove a point: who cares if the three services are not interested in the missile, the scientists and engineers would still like to demonstrate "successful flights" from the interim test range at Chandipur-on-Sea in Orissa.

The team has been releasing news of these "successful flights" to wire services every evening, though a couple of times the missile did not even blast off from the launcher. And when it did, it fell short of its range, say senior sources in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The terse wire service despatches only mention the time of launch and that the sophisticated surface-to-air missile has been developed as part of the integrated guided missile development...



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