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Saturday, August 13, 2011

INDIA's DEFENCE SELF-RELIANCE: India conducts successful trial of supersonic BraMmos cruise missile!!


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daily.bhaskar.com / Source: IANS / Last Updated 19:24(12/08/11).


New Delhi: India on Friday successfully conducted the user trial of a BrahMos supersonic guided missile capable of hitting targets that may otherwise be inaccessible like in hilly areas, defence ministry sources said.

The trial was conducted in Pokhran in the Thar desert region of Rajasthan.

The test met all the mission parameters, said the sources.

The launch was the 25th launch of BrahMos missile for the Indian Army. The version of BrahMos that was tested can be guided through mountainous terrain to hit the targets that may be located in hillocks.

It is a stealth supersonic cruise missile that can be launched for ground targets from a very low height - as low as 10 metres. It is believed to be best for surgical operations as it has a very low radar signature.

The BrahMos missile has a range of 290 km and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg.

It has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is about three times faster than the US subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile. This makes BrahMos one of the fastest cruise missiles in the world.


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