ray_donovan wrote:I saw two reports which said two different things.
Indian Express says Akash test failed
Livemint says it was a success
So what is what?
Facts from above two articles:
Rout article says test on Tuesday was not successful as the PTA did not take off. Its more like launch was aborted. IOW this was a "no test".
IAF then wanted 4 tests- 2 against PTA towed targets and 2 against para dropped barrel targets.
Rout says the first of the 2 latter tests had a no ignition of the test vehicle. This happens for many reasons:igniter issues, squib electrical interface etc. So again it was a 'no test'.
hough the Akash team could not immediately figure out the exact cause of the failure of the missile to take off, defence experts said it was a perennial technical problem with the Akash missile system.
It was the missile’s second failure in the recent seven-test series by the IAF. On May 28 and 30, 2012, the missile had failed to take off from the launch pad at the ITR. The tests were to gauge the flight consistency and effectiveness of the missile.
I would venture to say its the squib interface as most such problems are electrical in nature.
The second article is by PTI which means its a no brainer press release. And it worked. This is confirmed by the TOI article.
The good news is all of these are by service personnel and means development is done. Its user trials to seek out reliability readiness and all those "ilities" that are being tested.
The no fire due to non-ignition would count for readiness and not the reliability bucket.
Positive note is the system is safe as the scientists/personnel are able to resume testing soon afterwards.
Now the IA will conduct their batch of tests.