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BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile with indigenous seeker successfully test fired

PTI , (March 22, 2018)

NEW DELHI/POKHRAN: India has successfully test fired BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile with an indigenous seeker at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the missile hit the target with "pin-point" accuracy and the success will further bolster India's national security.

The test firing comes three months after the BRAHMOS cruise missile was successfully test fired for the first time from the Indian Air Force's frontline Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet.

"Formidable Supersonic Cruise Missile #BrahMos was successfully flight tested at 8:42 AM today at Pokhran test range, Rajasthan. The precision strike weapon with Indian-made seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the target with pin-point accuracy," Sitharaman tweeted.

The range of the missile, an Indo-Russia joint venture, can be extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year.

BRAHMOS is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.

The Defence Minister congratulated the DRDO following Thursday’s successful test firing.

BRAHMOS missile is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India's Su-30 fighter aircraft.

Work has already begun to integrate BRAHMOS on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfil the critical needs of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.

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  • "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

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  • "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