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BrahMos successfully test-fired

November 09, 2003 19:59 IST

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired for the fifth time from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 13km from Balasore.

The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher at 1204 IST.

After achieving the precision guidance capability from a fixed launcher in its fourth trial on October 29 last, the missile was on Sunday test-fired from a mobile launcher, defence sources said.

The present version of BrahMos, the product of an Indo-Russian joint venture weighing about 3tonnes, can strike a target located at 290km. The missile is 8m long and carries a conventional warhead weighing about 200kg.

A two-stage vehicle, the missile's propulsion consists of a solid propellant booster and liquid propellant ramjet system. BrahMos is the first and only supersonic cruise missile using liquid ramjet technology. It cruises in the atmosphere at a speed faster than sound.

It 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, 2002. The third launch was conducted from a warship in the Bay of Bengal on February 12, 2003.

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