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BrahMos Cruise Missile successfully test-fired
The supersonic cruise missile with a range of 290-km and a precision strike capability was test-fired from a mobile autonomous launchers on 12×12 Tatra vehicle.
According to a source, “The trial was successful”.
The BrahMos Cruise Missile can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound, is capable of carrying conventional warheads up to 300 kg for a range of 290 km. The missile can effectively engage ground targets from an altitude as low as 10 meters, they said.
The 8.4 meter-long missile is a two-stage vehicle that has a solid propellant booster and a liquid propellant ram-jet system.
Defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar says the missile designed to carry conventional warheads was fired Thursday from India’s main missile testing centre in Orissa state in eastern India.
The Brahmos, named after India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moscow River, has been developed by a joint venture company set up by India and Russia nearly 13 years ago.
BrahMos is capable of being launched from multiple platforms like submarine, ship, aircraft and land based Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL).
One regiment of the 290-km range BrahMos-I variant, which consists of 67 missiles, five mobile autonomous launchers on 12×12 Tatra vehicles and two mobile command posts, among other equipment, is already operational in the Indian Army, the sources said.
The Indian Navy has begun the process of inducting the first version of BrahMos missile system in all front line warships from 2005.
The BrahMos missile for IAF’s Su-30MKI fighter jet is suppose to be ready in 2012.