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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

India Test-Fires Supersonic Cruise Missile

India on Wednesday successfully test-fired an army version of its supersonic BrahMos cruise missile that was jointly developed with Russia, a defense officer said.

The missile was tested from Indias Chandipur-on-sea site, 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Bhubaneswar, the capital of the southeastern state of Orissa, the officer, who declined to be named, said.

”The flight trial met all the mission objectives, officer said.

The missile has a range of 290 kilometers (181 miles) and can carry a 300-kilogram (660 pounds) conventional warhead and can be launched from land, ships, submarines and aircraft, the officer said.

The eight-meter (26-foot) missile weighs about three metric ton.

The missile, first tested in June 2001, is named after India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moskva River.
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