India completes missile test

India successfully test-fired its Brahmos supersonic cruise missile it jointly developed with Russia, according to reports today.

India successfully test-fired its Brahmos supersonic cruise missile it jointly developed with Russia, according to reports today.

The missile, designed to carry conventional warheads, was fired from India’s main missile testing centre in Orissa state in eastern India, the Press Trust of India said.

The agency quoted an unnamed defence ministry official as saying the launch was successful but data would have to be analysed before a final evaluation could be made.

The Brahmos has a target range of 180 miles and can carry up to 660lbs of conventional warheads.

New Delhi and Islamabad regularly test-fire missiles, but normally only give each other notice for long-range launches. It was not immediately clear whether India informed neighbouring Pakistan, also a declared nuclear power, ahead of today’s test.

India says such tests – especially of non-nuclear capable missiles – are aimed at preparing its armoury or inducting new weapons.

The Brahmos, named after India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moscow River, was developed by a joint venture company set up by India and Russia nearly 10 years ago.

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