India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

India has test-fired a cruise missile from the Odisha coast Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 11, 2017, 07.44 AM (IST)

India has successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Odisha coast, ANI reported.

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The cruise missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here at about 11.33 AM, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said.

"It was an excellent launch and a great success," a senior DRDO scientist said.

The missile is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kg. The two-stage missile, one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, while the Air Force version is in the final stage of the trial, the scientist added.

The Army is already equipped with three regiments of Block III version of Brahmos missiles.

While induction of the first version of Brahmos missile system in the Indian Navy began in 2005 with INS Rajput, it is now fully operational with two regiments of the Army, they said.

(WION with agency inputs)

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