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Tests of BrahMos that can hit targets hidden behind mountains a success

The Times Of India , (May 10, 2015)

NEW DELHI: India has conducted two successive tests of an advanced version of the 290-km BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, which has "steep dive capabilities" to take out targets hidden behind mountain ranges, paving the way for its full-scale induction into the Army.

"The land-attack missile was tested in the eastern sector for a distance over 200-km on Friday and Saturday. The tests have once again established the missile as an incredibly lethal weapon with pinpoint accuracy to take on enemy targets anywhere," said BrahMos chief Sudhir Mishra.

"On Saturday, the fire-and-forget missile literally hit the same spot it had hit on Friday, proving repeatability. This was the 48th test-firing of BRAHMOS," he added.

Developed jointly by India and Russia, the missile flies at Mach 2.8 or almost three times the speed of sound. From 2007 onwards, the Army has progressively inducted two regiments of BrahMos Block-I and II missiles developed to hit a specific small target with a low radar cross-section in a cluttered environment.

The missile's Block-III version, which was tested on Friday and Saturday, will constitute the 3rd regiment. It has "trajectory manoeuver and steep dive capabilities" for mountain warfare operations.

As earlier reported by TOI, the government has approved the deployment of BRAHMOS missiles in Arunachal Pradesh to counter China's huge build up of military infrastructure all along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control, after the earlier nod for the western sector facing Pakistan.

With the orders placed for BRAHMOS missiles already standing at Rs 26,776 crore, the Navy also has installed the missiles on several of its warships till now, including the latest stealth frigates. "The IAF is slated to test the cruise missile from its heavy-duty Sukhoi-30MKI fighters very soon," said an official.

  • "Time has come for BrahMos Aerospace to work on Mark-II version of BRAHMOS so that we will still be the market leader in hypersonic cruise missiles." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

  • "The traditional partnership between India & Russia has been tested by the time and time and it is the most important stabilizing factor, not only for the asian region, but for the whole world" - Vladimir Putin

  • "Make in India' should not be limited to production & manufacturing only, it should also involve generation of engineering knowledge in the country." - Mr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra

  • "BrahMos is not only a successful Joint Venture but also a model for cooperation which has immense political value for our two countries" - Mr. Dmitry Rogozin

  • "BrahMos JV is a unique venture which has given substantial guidelines in defence design inputs, engineering inputs, production related culture and ultimately in pushing the technology base forward" - Dr. V G Sekaran

  • "BrahMos JV is most suitable model, which has withstood the test of time and is recommended to be followed for realization of all high end products with our country." - Dr. V K Saraswat

  • "BrahMos is the most successful missile company of the nation and it is this unique blend of young and experienced team members motivated with innovation and utmost dedication that has contibuted to the success of the missile system" - Dr. Avinash Chander