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Advanced version of 290-km range BrahMos missile test-fired

India on Tuesday test-fired an advanced version of the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the coast of eastern Indian state Odisha. The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range(ITR) at Chandipur at about 10.40 am, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said. The missile is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg.

‘It was a developmental trial of BrahMos,’ Ravi Kumar Gupta, senior defence scientist and Director, Directorate of Public Interface, DRDO told PTI over phone. The two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, and the Air Force version is in final stages of trial, a defence official said.

While induction of the first version of Brahmos system in the Indian Navy commenced from 2005 with the missile being deployed onboard warship INS Rajput, it is now fully operational with two regiments of the Army. Brahmos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian JV firm, is also working to develop the air as well as the submarine-launched versions of the missile system and work on the projects is in progress.
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