New Delhi: Indigenously developed BrahMos
cruise missile system having a strike range of 290 kms, has
become fully operational with two regiments of the Indian
Army, government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
In a written reply, Defence Minister A K Antony said,
The flight trial was carried out on March 4, 2012 by the
Second Regiment of the BrahMos Army Unit for
operationalisation of the regiment in desert warfare, after
training of the personnel.
"With this test firing, the BrahMos Missile System is
fully operational with two regiments of the Army," he said.
He was asked whether the BrahMos missile was test fired
and its details thereof.
Informing the House on the test firing conducted by Army,
the Defence Minister said, "BrahMos Missile System with
launchers, mobile command post with its control and
communication systems had been fully deployed by the Army in
operational mode and the missile was fired".
Replying to a question on indigenous production of
defence equipment, Antony said the defence public sector units
are taking various initiatives to encourage indigenous
participation in defence production and to widen the defence
"These include development of indigenous vendors,
registration of new vendors, policy initiative for greater
private sector participation and outsourcing in their
production programme," he said.