October 05, 2005

Trishul test-fired

Indigenously built India's most sophisticated short range surface-to-air missile 'Trishul' has been successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from Balasore.

The missile, especially designed for sea skimming exercise for the Indian Navy, was test-fired from a mobile launch pad at 1517 hours, ITR sources said.

It hit the object in the sky fitted with the Pilotless Target Aircraft(PTA) which was flown from the range just before the test-fire of Trishul.

'Trishul' was one of the five missiles under various stages of development by the Defence Research Development Organisation and a part of the integrated guided missile development programme.

Launched in 1983, the missile has a triple role for the three wings of the defence.

Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), 'Trishul' has a triple battlefield role for the army, air force and navy, the sources said.

The solid fuel propelled missile has a range of nine km and can be fitted with fragmented warhead, they said.

'Trishul', which formed part of India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), was about three metres in length and 200 cm in diameter and flew at supersonic speed.

Modifications had been made for the naval version of 'Trishul' by making it a command to line-of-sight guidance missile.

It has been fitted with a sensitive radar altimetre and height lock-loop control on board for the purpose, the sources said.

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