India test-fires BrahMos cruise missile
BrahMos is being developed under an Indo-Russian joint venture following an agreement signed by the two countries on February 12, 1998.india Updated: Apr 23, 2007 08:27 IST
The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, jointly developed by India and Russia, was test-fired from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur on Sunday.
After a vertical launch from pad number three of ITR, located 15 km from Balasore, the surface-to-surface missile disappeared into the sky, leaving behind a trail of thick white smoke, defence sources said.
The test was conducted at 11.21 am from a mobile launcher, an indigenously built Tatra truck.
The launch was successful and an evaluation of the mission would be made after analysing data, the sources said.
After the sophisticated missile blasted off from the launcher, its trajectory was tracked by ground instruments and radars for detailed analysis.
BrahMos is being developed under an Indo-Russian joint venture programme following an agreement signed by the two countries on February 12, 1998.
The missile has undergone 13 successful launches prior to today's test. It was first tested on June 12, 2001 from the ITR and the last trial was conducted on February 4 at the same range.