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Hyderabad, April 15

THE induction of the ship-launched version of BrahMos, the Indo-Russian joint venture supersonic cruise missile, into the Indian Navy will begin in mid-2005.

The 10th flight test of BrahMos was successfully launched from a ship today, as it hit the designated decommissioned ship, which was moving off the Western Sea coast at 8.15 a.m.

Announcing the success, Defence Ministry officials said the missile carrying a warhead hit the target and destroyed it. Friday's flight was on combat mode and demonstrated firepower.

The missile has a range of 290 km, with the capacity to carry a warhead of 200-300 kg, and cruises at speeds of 2.5-2.8 Mach.

The missile is launched from a canister, which also acts as a storage-cum-transportation container.

The Chief of Navy, Admiral Arun Prakash; his Deputy, Vice-Admiral Sureesh Mehta; the Commander of Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Boycee; and the Chief Executive Officer of BrahMos, Dr A. Sivathanu Pillai, witnessed the flight.

Friday's launch is the fourth from a ship and an overall 10th, with all the flights accomplishing their mission. With this, the development phase is complete and the missile is ready for induction. The missile is being integrated at facilities of BrahMos in New Delhi and Hyderabad.

BrahMos can be launched from multiple platforms based on land, sea, sub-sea and air against sea and land targets.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated April 16, 2005)
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