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India tests BrahMos missile from underwater

Bhubaneswar, March 20, 2013 (IANS): 21:24 IST
 India on Wednesday successfully carried out the maiden test firing of the over 290 km-range submarine-launched version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Bay of Bengal becoming the first country in the world to have this capability. PTI Photo
India successfully tested the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from underwater in the Bay of Bengal off the Andhra Pradesh coast, an official said Wednesday.

"The submarine-launched version of the missile was test-fired at 2.10 p.m. from a submerged platform off the coast of Visakhapatnam," BrahMos Aerospace spokesperson Praveen Pathak told IANS.

This was the first time that a supersonic cruise missile was launched vertically from a submerged platform, he said.

"The missile took off vertically for its full range of 290 km. Following a pre-defined trajectory, it emerged from water, and took a turn towards the designated target, meeting all mission objectives," he said.

"All the telemetry and tracking stations, including Indian naval ships positioned throughout the flight path, confirmed the pin-point accuracy of the mission," Pathak added.

The BrahMos missile can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg. It has a top speed of Mach 2.8, about three times faster than the US subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile. This makes BrahMos one of the fastest cruise missiles in the world.

It can be launched from submarines, ships and aircraft. Sea and ground launched versions of the missile have been successfully tested and put into service with the Indian Army and Navy. The missile system has been jointly developed by India and Russia.

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