Sunday, March 21, 2010

India launches Brahmos cruise missile

NEW DELHI: India on Sunday became the aboriginal country to accept a manoeuvrable supersonic cruise missile in its inventory, back it auspiciously test

fired the vertical-launch adaptation of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile, accordingly developed with Russia.

Launched from a accompaniment of the art vertical launcher, adapted in a affective warship INS Ranvir off the Orissa coast, the missile hit the ambition address in the Bay of Bengal.The missile, which has a ambit of 290 km and flies at a acceleration of 2.8 Mach, can booty on a ambition lying anywhere in the 360-degree ambit of the ship. It is able of accustomed accepted warheads up to 200 -300 kg.

CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace A Sivathanu Pillai was quoted by agencies as adage that the barrage met all mission requirements and was 100 per cent successful. “It was a absolute hit and a absolute mission,” Mr Pillai said.He said the analysis accepted it was accessible to change the administration of the missile at supersonic speeds afore hitting the target. The missile performed supersonic action afterward the exact flight aisle and homed on to the decommissioned ambition address INS Meen.

President Pratibha Patil and defence abbot A K Antony congratulated the scientists and argosy admiral for the acknowledged barrage of the missile.The Brahmos missiles are actuality accordingly advised and developed by the DRDO and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia. The Universal Vertical Launcher, from which the missile was analysis fired, has been advised and developed by the BrahMos Aerospace and patented.

The launcher is to be adapted beneath the warship’s accouter to assure it from atmospheric altitude and admit stealth to the weapon system. It additionally allows the missile to be angry to awning 360degre. Brahmos can be launched from both vertical and absorbed configurations from argosy platforms.

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