T.S. Subramanian

CHENNAI: The Army on Tuesday conducted a flight trial of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos at the Pokhran range in Rajasthan. This is the 18th flight of BrahMos, which had been inducted into both the Navy and the Army.

The missile, jointly developed by India and Russia, can cruise up to an altitude of 14 km and destroy targets 290 km away. Its maximum velocity is almost three times the speed of sound. It can carry conventional warheads weighing up to 300 kg.

BrahMos can be launched from land, ships, submarines and aircraft. The configuration is virtually the same for land, sea and sub-sea platforms. Work is on to launch the missile from a submarine and an aircraft in the coming months.