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India Carries out Successful Vertical Launch of BrahMos

Cruise missile BrahMos shown on IMDS-2007Image via Wikipedia

India Carries out Successful Vertical Launch of BrahMos

BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile, was successfully launched vertically from Naval destroyer INS Ranvir of March 21, 2010. This is the 22nd launch of BrahMos, which has already been inducted into the Army and the Navy. It has been jointly developed by India and Russia (BrahMos formed from Brahmaputra and Moskva River).   The missile is nine metres long and weighs three tonnes. It can fly at almost three times the speed of sound
and can reach targets 290 km away. It is essentially an anti-ship missile.

It punched a hole in a decommissioned vessel 290 km away in the Bay of Bengal off the Orissa Coast. The missile climbed 200 metres vertically, then monoeuvred at supersonic speeds to cruise horizontally before smashing into the vessel INS Meen.


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