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Trishul successfully test fired

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Oct 5, IRNA

India's most sophisticated short range surface-to-air missile 'Trishul' was today successfully test fired from the integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea, 15 km from Balasore.

Defence sources said the missile was launched from a mobile launcher at 3.15 pm and it hit a target attached to a Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA). The PTA had been flown earlier 2.47 pm.

Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (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 Program (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 altimeter and height lock-loop control onboard for the purpose, the sources said.


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