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Army test-fires BRAHMOS land-attack missile for 2nd day

PTI , (May 03, 2017)

NEW DELHI: For the second consecutive day, the Indian Army on Wednesday successfully test fired an advanced version of the BRAHMOS land-attack cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The test firing was carried out by the Army's elite 'Strike One Corps' in full operational land-to-land configurations at its full-range, the Army said.

"This is the fifth consecutive time when the Block-III version of BRAHMOS LACM (land attack cruise missile) has been successfully launched and hit the land-based target in 'top- attack' mode, an incredible feat not achieved by any other weapon system of its genre," the Army said in a statement.

The test-firing came amid escalating tension between India and Pakistan following beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani military.

The long-range tactical weapon was tested from the same location which was used in Tuesday's test firing.

The army said the multi-role missile "successfully hit" the land-based target with desired precision, demonstrating its accuracy of less than one metre.

"These successful firings of the supersonic cruise missile were carried out in full operational land-to-land configurations from Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL) at its full-range," the Army said.

The Indian Army, which became the first land force in the world to deploy the BRAHMOS in 2007, has raised several regiments of this formidable weapon.

Jointly developed by India and Russia, the multi-platform BRAHMOS is capable of being launched from land, sea and air against surface and sea-based targets.

  • "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