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'BrahMos to be inducted only after successful test'

india Updated: Feb 01, 2009 17:15 IST

With the BrahMos failing to meet the mark in last month's test, the Army on Sunday made it clear that the supersonic cruise missile would be inducted only after it proves its capabilities.

"Army would want DRDO to prove the capabilities of the missile before we move the proposal to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for purchasing of missiles from them," Army sources said here.

Meanwhile, DRDO on its part promised to prove the capabilities of the block II version of the Indo-Russian joint venture missile in next trials.

"We are confident that the capabilities of the Block II version would be proved in the next trials and it would be fully developed and a proven system in next six months' time," DRDO officials said.

The missile is expected to be test-fired around the second week of the month. They said the company would be able to start deliveries of the 240 missiles order from the Army in two years from now as per the original schedule.

On reports of around three-fold increase in cost of the missiles, they said, "There is a clause in the contract with the Russians, which caters for 10-15 per cent increase in the price of the missile every year but it certainly is not three-fold."

About the problems with the missile, officials claimed that there was a "small defect" in the homing system of the missile, which they expected to be rectified in the next tests in February.