Earlier this year, a BrahMos missile landed in Pakistan and was accidentally fired after it landed in Pakistan, the central government said. Three Indian Air Force (IAF) officers were suspended by the Center on Tuesday over the incident. A group captain and two wing commanders were terminated.
Three officers have been indicted following a preliminary investigation into the Brahmos missile misfiring incident on March 9, 2022. The central government ordered to stop their services with immediate effect. Termination of the officers has been ordered on August 23,” the IAF said in a statement.
Pakistan claimed that the missile launched from India entered its airspace and landed near Mia Channu in Khanewal district, causing damage to civilian property.
Pakistan summoned India’s charge d’affaires in Islamabad and strongly protested its “unprovoked” violation of its airspace.
“The flight path of flying objects entering Pakistan’s airspace endangers several domestic/international flights and may result in a serious aircraft accident and civilian casualties,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.
India said the missile entered Pakistan due to “accidental firing” as a result of “a technical fault” during its routine maintenance.
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The Ministry of Defense also said that the government is looking into the incident seriously and has ordered a ‘Court of Inquiry’ into it.
“On March 9, during a routine maintenance, a Brambhas missile was accidentally fired due to a technical fault. The Government of India takes a serious view and has ordered a high-level inquiry,” the defense ministry said. In a statement.
“It is learned that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply saddening it is a relief that there was no loss of life due to the accident,” it said.
The BrahMos missile, with a range of over 400 km over earlier versions, is one of the most reliable long-range cruise missiles in India’s arsenal.
“Three officers primarily responsible for the Brahmos missile misfiring incident on March 9, 2022. Their services have been terminated by the Central Government with immediate effect. Termination of the officers has been ordered on August 23,” the IAF said in a message. statement