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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

New missiles for Indian Army

The Indian Army will become the first military force in the world to operate supersonic cruise missiles when it deploys the BrahMos surface-to-surface missile next year.

The missile is expected to be deployed by September 2007. The joint Indo-Russian BrahMos has a 180-mile range.

The India Daily reported on July 24 that analysts believe that deploying the BrahMos in large numbers could give India an assist in its arms balance with Pakistan.

Indian artillery officers estimate that around 90 mobile launchers would give India a major strategic deterrence with its traditional rival.

Army sources speaking on condition of anonymity said that BrahMos artillery missile units would consist of four launchers with the ability to fire a salvo of 12 missiles simultaneously at different targets within 30 seconds.

Defense Research and Development Organization sources said that a single launcher could also operate independently, making detection difficult even as it provided tactical flexibility.

Indian specialists state that the BrahMos is superior to the subsonic U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile.

Indian analysts report that that DRDO scientists are developing a submarine-launched BrahMos variant as well.

An aerial version of the BrahMos designed to be launched from a modified Sukhoi-30 is lighter and smaller than the land-based version.

The army has approved production of the land-based BrahMos version, following successful test firings of surface-to-surface model at its Pokhran range in Rajasthan.
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