India test fires BrahMos missile

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New Delhi: India on Saturday successfully test-fired an advanced version of the BrahMos land-attack cruise missile from the Car Nicobar Islands, the second such exercise since Friday.

“The land-to-land configuration of BrahMos Block-III version was test launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) for its full-range of 290-km at 1330 hours,” defence sources said. Saturday’s test, the 48th test firing of the missile, met all flight parameters, including high-level manoeuvres.

The supersonic cruise missile hit the designated land-based target with the desired accuracy. A similar test on Friday, too, was concluded successfully. The BrahMos missile has been jointly developed by India and Russia.

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

The air version of the BrahMos is being readied for flight trials soon on Indian Air Force’s Su-30 MKI strike fighter