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Indian Army successfully test-fires BrahMos missile at Pokhran

Army successfully test fired the nearly 300km-range Brahmos supersonic land attack cruise missile in Pokhran on Saturday.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2015 14:15 IST
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BrahMos missiles on display during the Republic Day parade.(HT File Photo)

Army successfully test-fired the nearly 300km-range Brahmos supersonic land attack cruise missile in Pokhran on Saturday.

“At 1000 hourstoday,the Indian Armyfired Brahmos land-attackcruise missile successfullyagainst a designated targetatPokhrantest range in Rajasthan,demonstrating the weapon’s supreme operational capability,” defence officials said.

The missile waslaunched by a Mobile Autonomous Launcher(MAL)deployed in full configuration.

The test-fire, carried out in the user-deployment configuration by trained army personnel, met all the mission objectives, they said.

“BrahMos missile system,the most lethal and potent weapon system for precision strike available with Indian Army,has proved again its effectiveness in today’s successful launch,”said Sudhir Mihra, chief of BrahMos Aerospace.

The army has already inducted three regiments of Brahmos in its arsenal.All are equipped withBlock-III versionof the missile, which wastested on May 8 and 9 this year.

The land-attack version of Brahmos has been operationalised in the army since 2007.

The fire-and-forget missile has the capability to take on surface-based targets by flying a combined high-low trajectory, thus evading enemy air defence systems.

Inclusion of the powerfulweapon systemin Indian Army has given it a distinctoperationaladvantage to knock down any enemy target, even in the most difficult and hidden terrains, the officials said.

The missile, with a range of 290km and a Mach 2.8 speed, is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against sea and land targets.

BrahMosis a joint venture between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and NPOM of Russia.

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First Published: Nov 07, 2015 13:31 IST

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