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India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

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BHUBANESHWAR: India on Sunday became the first country to have a ‘maneuverable’ supersonic cruise missile when it successfully test-fired the vertical-launch version of 290-km range BrahMos from a warship in the Bay of Bengal off the Orissa coast.

“The vertical-launch version of missile was launched at 1130 hours today from Indian Navy ship INS Ranvir and it maneuvered successfully hitting the target ship. It was a perfect hit and a perfect mission,” BrahMos aerospace chief A Sivathanu Pillai said.

After today’s test, India has become the first and only country in the world to have a “maneuverable supersonic cruise missile in its inventory,” he said in New Delhi.

In separate messages, President Pratibha Patil and Defence Minister A K Antony congratulated the BrahMos scientists and the navy for the successful test-launch. Pillai said the software of the missile was improved and today’s test proved its capability of maneuverability at supersonic speeds before hitting the target.

“During the test, the missile hit a free-floating ship piercing it above the waterline and destroying it completely,” BrahMos officials said.

The test-firing was part of the pre-induction tests by the Navy as moves are afoot to deploy the vertical-launch version of the missile in ships. The weapon system has been designed and developed by the Indo-Russian joint venture company.

All the three Indian Navy’s Talwar class ships, under construction in Russia, have been fitted with vertical launchers and many other ships will also be equipped with them, officials said. Read Full Story from Publisher

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