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India test-fires maneuverable BrahMos missile
January 9, 2013, 3:24 pm

BrahMos missiles on display. [AP]

BrahMos missiles on display. [AP]

India has successfully test-fired a highly manoeuvrable version of the 290-km range supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a naval warship near the Bay of Bengal today.

The BrahMos missile is based on the Russian-designed 3M55 Yakhont (SS-N-26) missile.

This is the 34th launch of the BrahMos stealth missile after the successful October launch from INS Teg in the Arabian Sea.

The BrahMos missile system was inducted into the Indian Navy in 2005 and is now used in many warships.

It can effectively engage targets from an altitude as low as 10 meters (30 feet) and has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is about three times faster than the US-made subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile.

BrahMos is capable of acquiring data not only from the American GPS but also from the Russian GLONASS satellite systems, which ensures double redundancy.

India has recently updated BrahMos missiles by installing the advanced satellite navigation systems from Russia’s Kh-555 and Kh-101 strategic long-range cruise missiles, adding GPS-GLONASS technology to the existing doppler-inertial platform.

Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony congratulated the warship commander and Indian Navy and BrahMos team for the demonstration of capabilities.

Source: Agencies



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