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Brahmos testfired

Balasore, Nov. 9 (PTI): The Brahmos supersonic cruise missile was successfully testfired today for the fifth time from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-Sea, about 13 km from here.

The missile had achieved precision guidance capability in the surface-to-surface version fired from a fixed launcher during its fourth trial on October 29. It was testfired at 12.04 pm today to check its other parameters and a mobile launcher was used for today’s trial, defence sources said.

The present version of Brahmos, the product of an Indo-Russian joint venture and weighing about three tonnes, can strike a target located 290 km away. The missile is eight metres long and carries a conventional warhead weighing about 200 kg.

It cruises in the atmosphere at a speed faster than sound, can travel at mach 2.823 and has been configured to be launched from land, ship, submarine and aircraft.

The first demonstration flight took place in a vertical configuration on June 12, 2001, while the second was fired from an inclined plane on April 28 the next year. The third launch was conducted from a navy warship in the Bay of Bengal on February 12, 2003.

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