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India successfully tests ground attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

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India on Tuesday conducted a “successful” test of the BrahMos supersonic surface-to-surface cruise missile as part of a series of planned tests of the weapon, known for its precision strike capabilities, official sources said.

The range of the new ground-attack version of the missile has been expanded to 400 km from the original 290 km, but its speed has remained at 2.8 Mach or nearly three times the speed of sound, they said.

“The ground attack version of the missile was tested in Andaman and Nicobar around 10 am and it was a successful test,” said an official source.

According to official sources, in the coming days, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy are scheduled to conduct separate firing tests of the new version of the naval and air-launched versions of the supersonic cruise missile, respectively.

BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India and Russia, produces the lethal weapon that can be launched from submarines, ships, planes or from land platforms.

India has already deployed a considerable number of the original BrahMos missiles and other key assets at various strategic locations along the Royal Line of Control with China in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.

In the past two and a half months, India has tested several missiles, including an anti-radiation missile called Rudram-1, which is scheduled to enter service in 2022.

On October 18, a naval version of the BrahMos missile was successfully tested from an Indian Navy stealth destroyer of indigenous construction in the Arabian Sea.

On October 30, the Indian Air Force conducted a test firing of the air-dropped version of the weapon from a Sukhoi fighter jet in the Bay of Bengal.

The BrahMos missile provides the IAF with a highly desired ability to strike from great ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy day or night and in all weather conditions.

The IAF is also integrating the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile into more than 40 Sukhoi fighter jets, which are aimed at bolstering the force’s overall combat capability.

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