Murphy's Law: The Undead Missile

Archives

October 23, 2006: India has decided to extend, by another year, the development of its Trishul anti-aircraft missile system. This project was cancelled in 2003, after two decades of failure and cost overruns. But developing weapons is politically popular, and worth lots of money to Indian manufacturers, and corrupt Indian politicians. Although cancelled, the project is kept going for "research purposes," or on the odd chance that it may eventually prove superior to the Barak system that is being purchased from Israel, to do what Trishul was designed to do. Barak works, but Trishul is made-in-India, and that counts for a lot.

 

There was a successful test of the Trishul  missile last year. Trishul has been in development for over twenty years (since 1983). First test firing took place in 1991, and the manufacturer declared test firings completed by 1998. The armed forces, however, rejected the missile, as not ready for service. So development continued, until 2003, when the project was cancelled. But the project, which has cost nearly $200 million so far, had political friends. Development was allowed to continue, even though neither the army or the navy wants it. The missile has a range of some nine kilometers, and has suffered mainly from reliability problems, particularly with its guidance system.

 

 

 

Article Archive

Murphy's Law: Current 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999

X

Save StrategyPage

Over the years, we have tried to keep in-your-face ads off our site. If our readers have complained about an ad, we have looked into it and 90% of the time removed the ad. Unfortunately, revenues from standard ads are just not enough to keep us alive.

What can you do to help resuscitate StrategyPage? There are three possibilities:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..

We appreciate any help you can give us.

Subscribe   Contribute   Close