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Tuesday's BrahMos test missile missed target

January 21, 2009 12:04 IST

A day after the BrahMos missile was test-fired, the Defence Research and Development Organisation on Tuesday said there were some minor hitches during the trial.

The problems occurred in the last stage of the test, which was conducted in the Pokhran ranges of Rajasthan on a new version of BrahMos missile on Tuesday, DRDO officials said.

They indicated that the missile did not hit the target and scientists are looking into it, they said.

The army on Tuesday test-fired a new version of the nuclear-capable BrahMos missile.

The missile, with a 290-km range and capable of touching a speed 2.8 times that of sound, was launched during the trial in its vertical mode, DRDO officials said.

BrahMos is a missile that India is developing in collaboration with Russia [Images] and is named after the rivers Brahmputra and Moscow [Images].

During the visit of Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov to India, an agreement was reached between the two countries for development of a hyper-sonic BrahMos missile, an improvement on the already-developed supersonic missile, termed as "the most advanced" in its category.

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