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Updated: March 29, 2012 01:53 IST

29th test-flight of BrahMos a success

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A BrahMos missile soars into the sky after its launch from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa on Wednesday. Photo courtesy: DRDO
A BrahMos missile soars into the sky after its launch from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa on Wednesday. Photo courtesy: DRDO

It accurately plunges over targeted area in Bay of Bengal

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa, on Wednesday.

The missile rose from a Tatra truck on the sea-side launch station and sped over the Bay of Bengal at 2.8 times the speed of sound (2.8 Mach) and covered its entire range of 290 km.

It used “an advanced guidance algorithm to perform a steep dive during the terminal phase of its flight and accurately plunged over the targeted area in the Bay of Bengal,” said A. Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.

It performed the dive at supersonic speed. Telemetry received from two ships stationed near the impact point confirmed the missile's steep dive. “It was a successful mission. It achieved 100 per cent results,” Dr. Pillai said from Chandipur.

This was the 29 test-flight of BrahMos, which had been deployed in two regiments of the Army. The missile has also been inducted into the Navy.

Project Director of BrahMos S. Som, Executive Director of BrahMos Aerospace Rear Admiral (retd.) S. Mohapatra and senior officers from the armed forces witnessed the launch.

The missile was integrated at the BrahMos Integration Complex in Hyderabad.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony congratulated the BrahMos and the Army teams on the successful flight.

Although BrahMos is essentially an anti-ship missile, it can be launched from land to land, sea to land and from land to sea. Steps are on to launch BrahMos from Sukhoi-MKI aircraft and a submarine.

“But the Navy is yet to identify a platform [submarine] for launching it under the sea,” informed sources said.

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I suspect this showdown is just a reaction from the Defence, after an alleged scam, involving the Tatra truck deal.

from:  Ashwin Vishnu M
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 18:27 IST

India should go for urgent and rapid modernization and should strive for indigenous effort in pursuit to this. India should test more missiles, nuclear bombs and warheads in shortest possible times to and may be inducted into the army as early a possible.

from:  Manoranjan Sahu
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 16:10 IST

It is also capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The missile does not know what it is carrying as long as the weight of the payload is within its capability. To classify a vehicle as "nuclear capable" on the other hand, is just a redundant description. Even a jeep can carry a nuclear payload. If this missile can carry a conventional warhead, there is no reason it cannot carry a nuclear warhead.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 15:26 IST

All this is of no use in the face of the Scams happening in our country. What the hell do we care - this is all done by the rich and corrupt people to safeguard their wealth and neglect the weaker sections. Disgusting situation since Independence.

from:  Paul
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 13:16 IST

India should develop Brahmos Hypersonic missile with more range soon.

from:  Girish B
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 13:04 IST
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