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India ‘accidentally’ fired BrahMos towards Pakistan on 9 March

'The Government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level court of enquiry,' Pakistan was assured after the western neighbour protested

India today said that a technical malfunction led to an accidental of a BrahMos missile into and the incident is “deeply regretted”. “On 9 March 2022, in the course of routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile. The Government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level court of enquiry,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

Although the defence ministry did not clarify which missile it was, sources in the defence and security establishment said it was the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

The ministry said that the missile landed in an area of and the incident is “deeply regrettable”. It said it is a matter of relief that there has been no loss of due to the accident.

Earlier, had summoned India’s charge d’affaires and conveyed its strong protest over what it described as an “unprovoked violation of its airspace by an Indian-origin “super-sonic flying object”.

BrahMos, which now has a range of over 400 km, more than previous versions, is one of the most dependable medium-range cruise missiles in India’s arsenal.

The statement by the MoD came a day after ’s military spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar said, “On 9 March, at 6:43 PM, a high-speed flying object was picked up inside the Indian territory… From the initial course, it deviated and entered Pakistan territory and fell in Pakistani territory, causing some damage to civilian installations, but no loss of was reported”.

Both the Indian and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have the BrahMos in their arsenal. The IAF also has air-launched BrahMos missiles, which are fired from Su 30 MKI, besides surface-to-surface missiles.

Sources explained that the flight path taken by the BrahMos depends on the target. For example, when it is ship-launched, the missile goes up and then cruises just above the sea.

In the surface-to-surface version, the missiles can go up several feet, depending on how far the target is, and then cruise at various levels, sources explained.

While Sirsa, Haryana — from where claimed the missile was launched — does not have a BrahMos base, the missile system is operated from specialised trucks and can be moved from one location to another. Such missile tests usually happen on the Eastern flank and from the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

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