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India test fires BrahMos cruise missile

Balasore: India test fired the 290-km range BrahMos cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off Orissa coast as part of trials by the defence forces to fine-tune its capability.

“It was a user’s trial by the defence forces,” said a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official soon after the missile blasted off from a mobile launcher at about 11:35 am from ITR’s launch complex-3.

BrahMos-II can potentially be used for surgical strikes, including at terror camps, without causing collateral damage.

The missile can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound carrying conventional warheads up to 300 kg for a range of 290 km and can effectively engage ground targets from an altitude as low as 10 metres.

Though the missile is capable of being launched from multiple platforms, focus in on the development of its air-launched and the submarine-launched versions

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