India Defers Joint Missile Test With Israel for Unknown Reasons
18:22 29.06.2016(updated 18:30 29.06.2016)
India has deferred a crucial test-launch of a missile for unspecified reasons after it was originally scheduled to be fired on Wednesday.
The Barak-8 missile was jointly developed with Israel and was originally planned to be fired for two consecutive days on Wednesday. The surface-to-air missile was to be launched from the eastern Indian defense base of Chandipur to check the missile's Integrated Test Range (ITR). Officials have refused to divulge the exact reason for delaying the test but the bad weather is thought to be the cause.
Defense authorities had earlier cleared residents located in the 2.5km radius today, as a precautionary measure for the launch. The evacuees were relocated to makeshift arrangements in the nearby areas. The villagers have even been provided with cash compensation and other aid for the inconvenience caused. It will still be launched on Thursday, June 30 if weather conditions are suitable. The cattle and livestock were also moved from the towns.
The Barack-8 was designed to defend from airborne missiles from any aircraft. Israel's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure and India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) were working on the project. Israeli aerospace authorities are also involved in the test-firing of the missile.
Experts say the sophisticated missile is capable destroying targets both in water, air, and ground as well. Besides the target-hitting capacities of the missile, the system also includes a multi-functional surveillance and threat alert radar system (MF-STAR).
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