March 29th, 2012
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BRAHMOS successfully test fired

brahmos test firedBhubaneswar: India successfully test fired the surface to surface supersonic cruise missile BRAHMOS in a new mode from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off Odisha coast. The superonic missile, which has a flight range of up to 290 km, is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 200 to 300 kg. The missile moved at supersonic speed of 2.5 mach during the 29th trial conducted today.

“The missile was test fired from a ground mobile launcher from the launch complex -3 at about 1122 hours. The launch was special according to A Sivathanu Pillai, chief of the ‘Brahmos Aerospace’ , as the missile was launched in a ‘steep drive’ mode.

Brahmos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian joint venture company developing the missile system, said that today’s launch was a developmental trial of the land version of Brahmos incorporating certain new systems. Brahmos can hit the enemy target upto a distance of two hundred ninety kilometers.

The test fired in the presence of senior Army officials and scientists of the Defence Research Development Organisation, a defence official said. The two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, he said.

While induction of the first version of the Brahmos missile system in the Indian Navy commenced from 2005 with INS Rajput, it is now fully operational with two regiments of the Army. ‘Brahmos Aerospace’ is also working to develop the air as well as the submarine launch version of the misile system and work on the project is in progress.

 



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