Indian Air Force shuts down defective Missile system after accidental launch against Pakistan
A day after Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh ‘explained’ to Indian parliament how a missile was "inadvertently launched" on March 9 and landed in Pakistan link, a Bloomberg report claims that Indian Air Force link have now moved to shut link down all the missile systems link to avoid any further launches as Pakistan link had prepared to launch a similar missile in a retaliatory strike.
Pakistan link held back because an initial assessment indicated something was amiss, Bloomberg quoted unnamed sources as saying.
The Indian Air Force link fired the BrahMos medium-range cruise missile from Punjab's Ambala, about 200 km from Delhi, the Bloomberg report said. The missile damaged some residential property in Pakistan link but caused no casualties.
India didn't use the direct hotline between the top army commanders on both sides to inform Pakistan link, the Bloomberg report said. Instead, Indian Air Force link officials moved to shut link down the missile systems link to avoid any further launches
Both the Indian Air Force link and the Ministry of Defence in India have declined to respond to questions posed by NDTV on this report.
The Pakistan link Air Force said it tracked the flight path of the missile from Sirsa in Haryana to its landing spot in Mian Channu city in Pakistan link Punjab, ISPR DG Major General Babar Iftikhar said last weekend.
The government had said that the accidental firing took place because of a "technical malfunction in the course of routine maintenance".
In parliament, Rajnath Singh said the government is reviewing Standard Operating Procedures for operations, maintenance and inspections after the incident link. "India gives utmost priority to the safety and security of its missile systems link and any gap revealed by the probe will be addressed," he said.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Tuesday "if Pakistan link Air Force didn't pick it up inside India and it was matched with an accident reaction", the consequences would have been "very serious".
The US has backed India and said there is no indication that the missile firing was anything other than accidental.
"We have no indication as you also heard from our Indian partners that this incident link was anything other than an accident," State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters on Monday.