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Govt to close down Trishul missile

Govt to close down Trishul missile

Government has decided to close down Trishul anti-missile programme due to consistent failure in guidance and control systems.

New Delhi: Government has decided to close down the country's Trishul anti-missile programme due to consistent failure in guidance and control systems, officials said on Monday.

The closure to be enforced from December would come after 19 years of attempts to master the art of incoming missile interception. The project is estimated to have cost over Rs 250 crore.

"Government intends to close down the programme by December," officials said about the programme, in which over 200 scientists had toiled, as they said the missile was "consistently having problems on guidance and control systems".

Though the missile, on its revival post 2003-2006 had 15 successful flight tests out of 20, the closure is being done in view of a strategic agreement signed with Israel to develop the next generation of Barak anti-missile system in joint collaboration.

Though the missile was conceived in 1983 after the Falkland war in which sea-skimming missile like French Exocet wrought havoc, the work on the project only started in 1987.

DRDO had earlier expressed confidence that the missile in its sea-skimming role would be ready for induction by late 1994.

Defence scientists had also been working on the surface to air version of the missile for the IAF and some flight tests had been done in high altitude and long-range mode.

first published:October 16, 2006, 22:15 IST