IAF Reveals Causes of Accidental BrahMos Missile Launch into Pakistan

IAF Reveals Causes of Accidental BrahMos Missile Launch into Pakistan

New Delhi : The missile's combat connectors remained attached to the junction box, leading to the unintended launch, clarified The Indian Air Force (IAF), into the accidental firing of a BrahMos combat missile into Pakistan in March 2022.

A Court of Inquiry determined that the convoy commander failed to ensure the disconnection of these connectors before movement.

In a response submitted to the Delhi High Court, the IAF disclosed details from the March 2022 Court of Inquiry investigating the incident. It revealed that the convoy commander neglected to ensure the safe transit of the convoy by not disconnecting the combat connectors of all loaded missiles on the mobile autonomous launcher prior to movement.

The IAF characterized the incident as having a significant impact on India's relations with Pakistan. Consequently, a decision was made to terminate the services of three officials under the "President's pleasure" clause, marking the first such action by the IAF in 23 years. This decision was made to prevent sensitive information from becoming public, which could compromise national security.

The Court of Inquiry found that the combat crew failed to prevent the launcher commander from launching the missile despite knowing that the combat connectors were connected to the junction box. This act posed a potential threat to neighboring nations and caused damage to the reputation of the Indian Air Force.

Responding to allegations against Air Commodore JT Kurien, the IAF stated that he was not responsible for the operations of the unit as claimed by the petitioner. The IAF dismissed the petitioner's allegations as baseless and lacking evidence, asserting that the petitioner was present during the actions leading to the incident.

The IAF clarified the rationale behind invoking the "Doctrine of President's Pleasure," denying allegations that it was invoked to bypass dismissal procedures for misconduct. The Court of Inquiry held Group Captain Saurabh Gupta, Squadron Leader Pranjal Singh, and the petitioner accountable for various acts contributing to the missile firing.

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