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India to scrap Trishul missile project

George Iype in Kochi | March 07, 2003 05:26 IST

After 20 years of research and trials, the Defence Research and Development Organisation has decided to scrap the Trishul missile project -- one of the most ambitious surface-to-air missile initiatives in the country.

Trishul, which underwent seven "successful test-firings" over the years at INS Dronacharya, the Indian Navy's offshore establishment at Kochi, has been found wanting in "technical and operational capabilities."

Senior DRDO scientists said the defence ministry decided to dump the short-range quick-reaction missile because "its command guidance never worked properly."

Trishul was part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development programme. Of the other four missiles -- Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Nag -- that were part of the IGMD programme, only two -- Agni and Prithvi -- have shown positive results.

Though each test flight of Trishul was described as successful, a DRDO scientist said there were scores of technical problems that the missile encountered.

As per the country's defence plans, these surface-to-air missiles were to have replaced the Russian-supplied OSA-AK and Kvadrat systems by early 1990s.

The Trishul project was launched in 1983 and officials say the DRDO has so far spent around Rs 3 billion on its development.

"The main reason why we are shelving Trishul is because the missile technology we have been using is obsolete. I do not know why the DRDO continued with the project all these years. It has been a waste of time and money," a senior official at the Southern Naval Command told

He said the Indian Navy had lost interest in Trishul long back and it had even written to the defence ministry four years back asking the government to abandon the project.

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Sub: shame shame for DRDO

after 20 yrs of R&D, and spent lots of money and wasted thounds of man;s hours/ i think this should not be tolarated such happenings ...

Posted by alok khare

Sub: Abandon the project

It's good that DRDO has reached a conclusion to drop a project with no result. In a R&D work there is always a possibility of ...

Posted by Arjun Prasad Singh

Sub: DRDO in a quandry

Its a pity that after having spent so much (tax payers) money, time and efforts the result is a big zero. After claiming success for ...

Posted by Saif

Sub: I always wondered wether this will see light

During those years, my company has done some work in those buildings. I saw how Men/Money/Machinery being wasted. The men didn't do any work. The ...

Posted by Sreenivas

Sub: dump the design team

along with the project the whole design and management should also be scrapped... or else they will start another project and waste another 300 crores. ...

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