Test rocket misses target, hits farm in East Java

Padang Ekspres.Net-A test rocket fired by state weapons manufacturer PT Pindad overshot its target, hitting a shrimp farm in Lumajang, East Java, on Wednesday. No one was reported injured during the incident.

The 122-millimeter rocket was launched at an Air Force artillery range during a test, which was attended by State Research and Technology Minister Suharna Suryapranata and officials from the Defense Ministry the Navy and the Air Force, in Tempeh district.

Lumajang Police chief Dedi Prasetyo told journalists that the shell of the rocket hit the farm in Meleman village in Yosowilangun district.

“It was the first of 12 rockets that were tested today,” he said as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

The rocket was expected to fire only 10 kilometers, but flew another three kilometers, he said.

Police said they would let Pindad deal with the farm owner over compensation for damages.

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