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Army raising a special BrahMos missile regiment

The Times Of India (April 03, 2006)                                                                           Print This News

New Delhi: With Pakistan testing its new 'Babur' cruise missile for the second time last month, the Army has speeded u its plan to raise a special regiment for the land version of India's own BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

Already equipped with missile groups to handle the 150-km Prithvi, 700-800-km Agni-I and 2,000-km-plus Agni-II ballistic missiles, the Army's new BrahMos regiment will include three batteries of six-road mobile autonomous launchers each.

"The land-to-land version of BrahMos, which flies at a 2.8 Mach speed, was tested for the first time at Pokhran in December 2004. Since then, preparations were afoot to induct the road mobile complex of this missile in the Army," said an official.

"With terrain-hugging and infrared seeking capabilities, the Army will use BrahMos as its precision-strike weapon. It has a strike range of 300 km, which can be enhanced further," he added.

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