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India on Sunday successfully tested a surface-to-surface version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which it has developed jointly with Russia, official sources said.
The missile was fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea — 200 kilometres (125 miles) northeast of Bhubaneswar, the capital of the eastern Orissa state, official sources said. “Sunday’s test was that of a surface-to-surface version of BrahMos and the trial met all the mission objectives,” a defence source said.
The missile has a range of 290 kilometers (180 miles) and can carry a 300-kilogram (660 pounds) conventional warhead and be launched from land, ships, submarines or aircraft.
The eight-metre (26-foot) missile weighs about three metric tonnes, sources said.Â “The 2.8 Mach supersonic speed makes the BrahMos unique as all other cruise missiles are sub-sonic at present”, a defence official, who declined to be named, said. First tested in June 2001, the missile is named after India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moskva River
Top military officials, scientists of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) and A. Sivathanu Pillai, chief executive officer and managing director of BrahMos, were among those who witnessed the test. Chandipur is located 16 km from Balasore town and some 220 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar.