New Delhi, Dec 19: On Thursday, Dec 19 India successfully tested Brahmos, a supersonic cruise missile from a moving ship for the first time. The officials said that the success of Brahmos is a major boost for India's defence capabilities. At the same time sources in the Defence Ministry said that there is no connection between the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes and the testing of missile. The launch comes at a time of heightened tension between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
The Brahmos missile was named after India's Brahmaputra river and Moscow river in Russia. According to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) it can travel at up to 2.8 times the speed of sound and has a range of 290 kmhan. Suranjan Pal, a DRDO official told sources, "The launch from a moving frontline naval platform in the Bay of Bengal was very successful and we are thrilled as this is very significant."
Sources say that India which has world's fourth-largest military is planning to fit the missile in several ships.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)