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India develops underwater launched missile

India develops a submarine launched supersonic missile, a capability hitherto the monopoly of advanced nations like the US, France, Russia and some others.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2007 18:27 IST

India has developed a submarine launched supersonic missile, a capability hitherto the monopoly of advanced nations like the US, France, Russia and some others.



Submarine launched version of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile is ready, Defence Minister AK Antony informed Lok Sabha on Wednesday.



He, however, said trials of the missile were awaiting the necessary platform which would be indentified by the Navy soon.



According to experts, the submarines in the armoury of the Navy namely the German HDW series and the Russian Kilo class do not have the capability to launch such missiles.



India has requested Russia for loan of submarines to carry out test trials of the underwater launched version of the Brahmos.



Alternatively, the trials could be carried out in Russian waters, Naval sources said.



On the air launched version of the Brahmos, the Minister said this was currently in progress and attempts were being made to integrate the missile to be launched from both Air Force's SU-30 MKI fighters and Navy's IL-38 maritime reconnissance planes.



Antony said the ship and land launched version of the missile had already been cleared for induction in Navy and Army after a series of successful flight trials launched from ships and from road mobile launchers.