Unfavourable Wind Direction Delayed Pokhran Tests By Over 6 Hours, Recalls DRDO Scientist

Unfavourable wind direction delayed the Pokhran nuclear tests by over six hours on May 11, 1998, a senior Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist has said.

The decision to defer the tests for a few hours was taken considering the winds might carry the radiation to inhabited lands or Pakistan.

“The original plan was to detonate all the three devices at 9 am but unfavourable wind direction delayed the whole event.

“And according to the protocols of international conventions, the wind direction should not be towards other countries or inhabited areas. All waited for almost six hours for the wind direction to change,” said Manjit Singh, who was part of the team that conducted the tests, on the sidelines of a DRDO event here yesterday. Read More…

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