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Army Successfully Test-fires BrahMos Cruise Missile
Apr 08, 2014

The army has successfully test-fired an advanced version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile at Chandhan field firing range near Pokhran in Jaisalmer on 7 April.

The 290-km BrahMos flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach and carries a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg. The missile can be launched from multiple platforms including land, sea, sub-sea and air. The missile hit a target approximately 55 km away on Ajasar area.

The BrahMos missile, with deep-penetration capability, was launched from a mobile autonomous launcher deployed with full configuration with a mobile command post.

The trial had also to do with complicated software upgradation in the missile system and it was a challenging one. The missile successfully hit the designated target. The army has inducted the missile in two of its regiments, and is preparing to induct it into a third regiment later this year.

BrahMos Aerospace plans to deliver the missile to the IAF in 2015, where it is expected to arm at least three squadrons.

A new, smaller variant of the air-launched BrahMos is also under development. This variant would arm the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, Mirage 2000, future  inductions such as for Dassault Rafale and the Navy's MiG-29K.

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