India test BrahMos missile successfully

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New Delhi, Jan 20: The nuclear-capable BrahMos missile was tested sucessfully on Tuesday, Jan 20 at Pokhran. BrahMos has been developed jointly with Russia, is a supersonic cruise missile and can be launched from submarine, ship, aircraft and land based Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL).

BrahMos was tested with a range of 290 kms at Pokhran test range of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The missile test comes in the backdrop of tensioned India Pakistan war following the Mumbai Terror Attacks 2008. The test was pre-planned and not directed against any country said Defence Minister A K Antony to reporters.The missile is capable of touching a speed of 2.8 times that of sound, was launched during the trial in its vertical mode, Defence Resarch and Development Organisations, officials said.

BrahMos has been named after two rivers - the Brahmaputra of India and the Moscow of Russia. The first test-firing of the BrahMos was conducted on June 12, 2001 at the Interim Test Range Chandipur-On-Sea in Balasore (Orissa).

Currently, the army has one regiment armed with the BrahMos missile which is different from the version that was test-fired on Jan 20. The present round of trials was earlier scheduled for January 17 but was postponed till today. However, the DRDO sources did not specify any reasons for the delay.

During the visit of Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov to India in 2007 and an agreement was reached between the two countries for the development of a hyper-sonic BrahMos missile.

India has also sent two of its latest Su-30 MKI Block III air superiority fighter aircraft recently to Russia for integration of the BrahMos missile on it. BrahMos would be the main cruise missile on all of India's future battles ships, be they Destroyers or Frigates. On larger Naval ships, there would be scope for having 16 missiles on board with eight missiles each in two vertical launchers.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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