kidoman wrote: Shivani wrote:Beyond the BrahMos failureNew Delhi January 30, 2009
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has done itself little good by claiming success in its test-firing of the BrahMos missile, till the media exposed the bogus nature of the claim.
I just hate it.Why claim something which has not happened?
Whom r u trying to fool..Ur own people?
Seems the guys at DRDO have forgot to speak truth also.
Even if a failure happens after 20 odd successes, why hide it?
What a pity.
Did they hide it? If they did , you would have never known that the test failed. As someone commented in that page "BS is creating new bs (bullshit) everyday in defence reporting".
The test wasnt all that a failure.[/quote]
DRDO forgot to speak the truth ? It is really getting funny. Few info/facts on this.
The way DRDO carry out these tests is somewhat different from other missile powers. While other nations spend more money on more test, we on the other hand try to compress the numbers and test only as few as possible. Main reason is that each missile like Brahmos is costly and the budget of DRDO is much less compared to what others spend on their research program. Another reason is that if you are very confident that the baby can run, it is waste to test and see whether the baby can crawl first, walk then and strong enough to run later; directly you can do the test of running.
On testing, if the missile reaches certain stage, it is considered to have attained certain percentage of stated goals. Same way, if it crosses certain stage without any noted aberration, it is considered as success. Even it is not hit the target it could be called as success. I think everyone must heard about CEP. It says if 50% of the missile fired hit the target of certain precision then the missile system is acceptable or in other words it is a success. IOW, of the 2 missile fired if one hit the target with the stated precision and other closer to that the missile is considered as success. In that sense, Brahmos is astounding success.
DRDO do lot of simulation at ground. During testing the flight of missile is continously monitored over many parameters at the same time. And with experience DRDO can identify the problem if there is any and modify them then and there. For any minor modification after all testing is over, the missile wont be tested once again seperately for this in developemental trials instead it will carried in user trials. Becoz, testing involves not only money but time and effort. The effort is not only on firing the missile, but goes towards conducting pre launch moves and post testing analysis which is time consuming and hectic. Becoz of minor modification or further improvements, the missile wont be considered not as successful one and tests wont be carried out continously.
Most important difference between DRDO and ISRO is one is involved in defence related development and other considered as civilian. There is lot of difference between the two. In defence, even if it is a success, if the Govt wants to play it down, it will be handled like that. What is considered as success in one arena may not be applicable to others as the norms for civil and defence varies.
It is better to leave the success/failure issue to DRDO/Service to settle; dont quibble over semantics.