India successfully tests extended range BrahMos missile
India on Wednesday successfully tested the extended range version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which has emerged as a primary precision-strike conventional weapon for the armed forces, from the integrated test range at Balasore. Defence sources said the test, the second of the extended range BrahMos missile, took place from a land-based mobile launcher at 10.30 am.
It comes at a time when the original 290-km range BrahMos has already been deployed in Ladakh as well as Arunachal Pradesh during the ongoing military confrontation with China.
The armed forces have already inducted the 290-km range land and warship-based versions of the BrahMos missiles, which fly almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8, over the last decade. A sleeker version of air-breathing missile was also test-fired from Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets last year.
These air-to-ground BrahMos missiles can conceivably be used for pinpoint strikes on terror camps located deep inside enemy territory, or to take out underground nuclear bunkers, command-and-control centres and other high-value military targets like aircraft carriers on the high seas, from long stand-off distances.
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