Army to induct BrahMos missiles on June 21
After a string of successful trials, the land version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile will be inducted into the army on June 21.india Updated: Jun 15, 2007 20:09 IST
After a string of successful trials, the land version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia will be inducted into the army on June 21.
The missile will be handed over to the army chief, Gen JJ Singh in New Delhi in the presence of President APJ Abdul Kalam, Defence Minister AK Antony and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, official sources said on Friday.
Kalam was one of the pioneers who initiated the BrahMos project with Russia and signed the agreement with the Russian government for the missile's development in his former capacity as Scientific Advisor to the government of India.
The land version of the missile, which has a range of 290 km, was tested for the 14th time from a range at Chandipur in Orissa on April 22. The test was termed by scientists as a "100 per cent success".
During the test, the missile's high reliability and new operational capabilities were established, the sources said.
The army will be the second service to induct the missile. It has already been inducted into the Indian Navy and scientists are developing a miniaturised version for the air force that can be fitted to Sukhoi-30 combat jets.
The BrahMos will be the third missile to be inducted into the land forces. The army has raised missile groups equipped with the Prithvi surface-to-surface missile with a range of 150 to 250 km and the 700-km medium-range Agni missile.
The naval version of BrahMos has been installed on the Rajput and Ranvijay class of frigates.