Sep 5, 2010

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India sucessfully tested supersonic cruise missile BrahMos

Balasore (Orissa), Sep 5 (PTI) Adding a new feather to India's missile prowess, 290-km range BrahMos cruise missile was today successfully test-fired as part of trials by the Army from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off Orissa coast.

"User's trial of BrahMos conducted by the Indian Army was successful," ITR Director S P Dash said after the missile blasted off from a mobile launcher at around 11:35 AM from the launch complex-3 of the test range near here.

The trial was conducted for achieving the maximum range of 290 km of the supersonic missile, he said.

The missile can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound carrying conventional warheads up to 300 kg for a range of 290 km and can effectively engage ground targets from an altitude as low as 10 metres.

Some facts about BrahMos

#  BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India's DRDO (Defence Research and Developement Organisataion) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia.
#  BrahMos stands for Brahmaputra (Indian river) and the Moskva (Russian river).
#  BrahMos is the only fastest cruise missile available in world with Speed of 2.8 Mach.
#  There are 8 variants of BrahMos missile
(Launch to Target  - Status)

Ship to Ship - Operational
Ship to Land - Operational
Land to Land - Operational
Land to Ship - Yet to be confirmed
Air to Ship - Developement
Air to Land - Developement
Submarine to Ship  - Developement
Submarine to Land  - Developement
# Indian Army and Indian Navy already inducted the missile and the Indian Air Force is getting ready to induct the fastest cruise missile by 2012.
#  Export of BrahMos will start only after meeting minimum requirements of India. Countries like South Africa, Egypt, Brunei, Chile, Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia are considering the purchase of the missile.
# BrahMos II is a hypersonic cruise missile that has been lab tested with a speed of Mach 5.26 that will make it the fastest cruise missile in the world beating Brahmos.BrahMos II is expected to be ready by 2013-14 and will arm the Project 15B destroyers of the Indian Navy.


BrahMos-II Test Launch.


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