IN­DIAN ARMY TEST LAUNCHES BRAHMOS BLOCK III VARI­ANT

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The In­dian Army has suc­cess­fully test launched an ad­vanced vari­ant of the BrahMos su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile at the Pokhran test range in Ra­jasthan. Launched from a mo­bile au­ton­o­mous launcher (MAL), the BrahMos Block III vari­ant fol­lowed the pre-spec­i­fied tra­jec­tory and suc­cess­fully pierced the des­ig­nated “con­crete struc­ture at bull’s-eye’’. The Block III vari­ant of BrahMos with deep pen­e­tra­tion ca­pa­bil­ity is fit­ted with a new guid­ance sys­tem, and the launch by the Army has suc­cess­fully val­i­dated the deep pen­e­tra­tion ca­pa­bil­ity of the su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile sys­tem against hard­ened tar­gets. Two reg­i­ments of the Block III vari­ant, which has demon­strated its su­per­sonic steep dive with pre­ci­sion strike ca­pa­bil­ity in moun­tain op­er­a­tions, have al­ready been in­ducted by the Army in its in­ven­tory, whereas in­duc­tion of the third reg­i­ment is cur­rently un­der way. De­vel­oped by BrahMos Aero­space, a joint ven­ture be­tween In­dia’s DRDO and Rus­sian NPO Mashinos­troye­nia, BrahMos is a 290km range stealth su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile, de­signed for launch from land, ship, sub­marines and air plat­forms.

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