The Indian Air Force said on Tuesday that the government fired three officers for mistakenly firing a missile into Pakistan in March, an incident that the two nuclear-armed rivals handled calmly as no casualties were reported.
Military experts have warned in the past of the risk of accidents or miscalculations by the neighbours, which have fought three wars and are involved in numerous minor armed clashes, mostly over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
The BrahMos missile – a nuclear-capable, land-attack cruise missile jointly developed by Russia and India – was fired on March 9, prompting Pakistan to develop safeguards to prevent accidental launches. I was forced to seek an answer from New Delhi.
“A court of inquiry, which was set up to establish the facts of the incident, including determining responsibility for the incident, found that standard operating procedures were violated by the three officers,” the Air Force said in a statement. deviation led to the accidental firing of the missile,” the Air Force said in a statement.
The government had sacked the three officers with immediate effect on Tuesday, it said.
According to the US-based Arms Control Association, the BrahMos missile has a range of between 300 km (186 mi) and 500 km (310 mi), giving it the ability to hit Pakistan’s capital Islamabad from a launch pad in northern India. keeps