Monday, March 22, 2010

India, the only country to have 'manoeuvrable supersonic cruise missile'

Yesterday 22nd march became the historical day for India as she successfully test fired manoeuvrable supersonic cruise missile Brahmos . India is the first country in the world to develop 'manoeuvrable supersonic cruise missile' .

The vertical-launch version of missile was launched at 1130 hours today from Indian Navy ship INS Ranvir and it manoeuvred successfully hitting the target ship. It was a perfect hit and a perfect mission .During the test, the missile hit a free-floating ship piercing it above the waterline and destroying it completely . The missile destroyed the target at the speed 2.8 times the speed of sound , which is highest in the world.

The missile, which has a range of 290 km and flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach, can take on a target lying anywhere in the 360-degree range of the ship. It is capable of carrying conventional warheads up to 200 -300 kg.

The missile is already in service with the Navy and its Shivalik class frigates have been equipped with it. All the three Indian Navy's Talwar class ships, under construction in Russia, have been fitted with vertical launchers and many other ships will also be equipped with them .BrahMos has also been inducted into the Army and preparations are on to develop its air-launched and the submarine-launched versions

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