India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is set for a series of missile launches, marking a significant development for the country’s defense capabilities. While previous launches have primarily taken place from Odisha’s Chandipur or Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota, this upcoming event will witness a historic first for West Bengal. DRDO has established a launch pad at Junput beach near Haripur, poised to host its maiden missile launch from the state.
The launches are scheduled for the end of February or the beginning of March, with two missiles taking to the skies. One launch will occur from Baleshwar, Odisha, adhering to the established practice. However, all eyes will be on Junput beach as it witnesses its first ever missile launch, marking a new chapter for West Bengal’s involvement in India’s strategic missile program.
While the specific type of missiles to be launched remains undisclosed, this initiative signifies DRDO’s continuous endeavor to expand and diversify its launch infrastructure. Utilizing Junput beach broadens the organization’s operational spectrum, potentially offering logistical advantages and catering to the testing requirements of various missile types.
The upcoming launches are expected to generate significant interest, particularly in West Bengal. This event not only underscores the state’s growing contribution to India’s defense sector but also presents an opportunity for scientific and technological advancements within the region. The success of these launches will pave the way for further utilization of Junput beach as a launchpad, potentially leading to more frequent and diverse testing activities in the future.