Following an incident on Friday at the Pokhran field firing range in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, the Indian Army opened an investigation.
Three ground-to-air missiles reportedly misfired and landed at various sites in Jaisalmer. Two missiles’ remains have been located, but the third is still missing.
The missiles apparently detonated in the sky and dropped outside the permitted field firing range, but no injuries have been reported.
The remains of one missile were discovered close to Ajasar hamlet beyond the range, and the remains of the second missile were discovered in a barren location close to Satyaya village. Although there were no casualties, the rockets left pits in their wake.
No people or property were harmed, according to officials, and the situation is being looked into.
In a little more than a year, there have been two similar incidents. Due to a technical error during routine maintenance, an Indian supersonic BrahMos missile was accidentally launched into Pakistan on March 9, 2022.
As a result of the incident, there were tensions between the two nations, with Pakistan calling for a joint investigation and specific responses from the Indian administration.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) Court of Inquiry (CoI) found three officers guilty of the incident in August 2022 and promptly terminated their employment. The incident was treated seriously by the government, which called for a high-level Court of Enquiry to determine the facts and assign blame.