BrahMos to be test-fired in Russia for first time in Sept

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 19:01

New Delhi: For the first time, 290 km-range
BrahMos supersonic cruise missile will be test-fired in Russia
in September during its installation on Indian Navy`s
warships.

Installation test-flight of the missile will be held in
the Baltic Sea from Navy`s Talwar Class stealth frigates being
constructed in Kaliningrad in Russia, Defence Ministry
officials said on Wednesday.

Till now, the various versions of the missile have been
test-fired 21 times and have been inducted in the Navy and the
Army.

This would also be the first time when the missile would
be test-fired from a newly-built warship, they added. Till
now, the missiles were being fired from warships that were
retrofitted to carry out the launches.

India has ordered three Talwar-class warships to be built
in Russia and all three of them would be fitted with vertical
launchers.

The vertical launchers and fire control system for the
September test have already been shifted to Russia, officials
said.

There are four versions of BrahMos including the
sea-to-sea, sea-to-land, land-to-sea and land-to-land and the
joint venture company is working on developing the cruise
missile for submarine and fighter aircraft.

For the air-launched version, the first missile is
expected to be test-fired from a Su-30MKI in Russia by
December this year and the trials are planned to be completed
by 2012.

The submarine-launched version is expected to be tested
in the next couple of months where it will be fired from a
pontoon off the Orissa coast.

BrahMos is an Indo-Russian joint venture cruise missile
and has a top speed of 2.8 mach. Work is also on for
developing the hypersonic version of the missile, which will
have a speed of over 5 mach.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 19:01

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