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India test-fires advanced version of BrahMos missile

Delivery of first batch of 40 BrahMos missile air frames

India today succcessfully test-fired an advanced version of the 290-km range Brahmos supersonic cruise missile off the coast of Odisha

Delivery of first batch of 40 BrahMos missile air framesBalasore (Odisha): India today succcessfully test-fired an advanced version of the 290-km range Brahmos supersonic cruise missile off the coast of Odisha, giving the country the capability to hit enemy targets hidden behind mountains or in a cluster of buildings with “pinpoint accuracy”.

The missile travelled its full strike range of 290 kms in about 500 seconds to hit its simulated target in a copybook fashion after being fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea, around 15 kms from here, BrahMos chief A Sivathanu Pillai told.

Dwelling on the increased accuracy of the missile, he said,  “The advanced guidance system integrating multiple navigation satellites including the Gagan system powered with new software algorithm and developed indigenously by Indian scientists and industries, resulted in pinpoint accuracy of the missile system against hidden land targets in mountain warfare.”

BrahMos and DRDO officials involved in the test-firing at the launch block had said earlier the missile could deviate around 10 metres from its target but the new system would reduce it to less than 5 metres which will make it highly effective against targets such as hardened concrete bunkers in mountain warfare.

The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher at 10.38 AM, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said. It is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kgs.

“It was a developmental trial of BrahMos,” Ravi Kumar Gupta, senior defence scientist and Director, Directorate of Public Interface, DRDO, said.

The two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, and the Air Force version is in final stages of trial, a defence official said. Work on the submarine-launched version of the system is also in progress.

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