India tests supersonic cruise missile

BHUBANESWAR, September 5, 2010 (AFP) – India on Sunday successfully tested a surface-to-surface version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile which it has developed jointly with Russia, officials said. The missile was fired from a mobile launcher 200 kilometres (125 miles) northeast of Bhubaneswar, the capital of the eastern state of Orissa.

“The test of surface-to-surface version of BrahMos was successful and matched all the mission objectives”, director of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea S.P. Dash told AFP.

Last tested on March 21, BrahMos has a range of 290 kilometres and can carry a 300-kilogramme (660 pounds) conventional warhead.

The missile is named after India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moskva River.