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India test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

Iran Press TV

Sat Nov 7, 2015 4:5PM

The Indian army has successfully test-fired a new version of its domestically-developed supersonic long-range cruise missile.

BrahMos land-attack missile was blasted off from a mobile launcher at Pokhran missile test range in the northwestern state of Rajasthan on Saturday.

The radar-evading missile, which has the capability to take on surface-based targets by flying a combined high-low trajectory, met all the mission objectives.

Sudhir Mihra, chief of BrahMos Aerospace, said the missile system, "the most lethal and potent weapon system for precision strike available with Indian army, has proved again its effectiveness in today's successful launch."

The fire-and-forget missile has a range of 290 kilometers (180 miles) and travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, approximately one kilometer per second. It can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.

The powerful missile has given the Indian army a distinct operational advantage to knock down any enemy target even in the most difficult and hidden terrains.

The land-attack version of BrahMos has been operational since 2007. The Indian army has already introduced three regiments of BrahMos in its arsenal.

BrahMos is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India and the Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroeyenia.

In addition to BrahMos missile, India has in its arsenal the nuclear-capable Agni-V ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000 kilometers (over 3,100 miles).

India has routinely carried out missile tests since it demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998. India has been also engaged in an arms race with Pakistan since the partition of Pakistan from India in 1947.

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