Brahmos Missile Misfire: The Defense Ministry on Tuesday sacked three Air Force (IAF) officers who were held responsible in a high-level probe into theaccidental firing of Brahmos missiles on March 9. That missile fell in Pakistan after being fired.
The Court of Inquiry (CoA) probing the incident found that the three officers did not follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Following that incident, the Defense Ministry expressed ‘deep regret’.
An official statement said,”A BrahMos missile was accidentally fired on March 9. The Court of Inquiry (Col) set up to establish the facts of the case,including fixing responsibility for the incident, found that three officers Standard Operating Procedure was not followed by the “These three officers have been held primarily responsible for the incident. Their services have been terminated by the central government with immediate effect. The officers have been ordered to be dismissed on August 23,”the statement said.
Although the Indian Air Force (IAF) did not reveal the ranks and names of the officers whose services have been terminated, it is learned that one in three is a Group Captain. The incident took place on 9 March and the next day Pakistan lodged its protest with India. On 11 March, the Defense Ministry stated that the missile was fired by mistake and it fell in Pakistan.
The ministry had then said that this happened due to a technical snag during the routine maintenance of the missile. The government has taken this incident seriously. Apart from this, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament on March 15 that the SOP is being reviewed for operation, maintenance and inspection of such systems.
Following this incident, Pakistan summoned India’s charge d’affaires in Islamabad. expressed its strong protest over the “without reason” violation of its airspace. Major General Babar Iftikhar, Director General of Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), said that the unarmed projectile entered Pakistani airspace while traveling 124 km.