India successfully tests cruise missile
India has successfully tested a surface-to-surface version of supersonic missile, BrahMos, as part of ongoing trials to improve its ability to hit targets, reports say.
The cruise missile, jointly developed with Russia, was fired on Sunday from a mobile launcher 200 kilometers northeast of Bhubaneswar, the capital of the eastern state of Orissa, Press TV reported.
"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, S.P. Dash, told AFP.
The missile has a range of 290 kilometers and can carry a 300-kilogram conventional warhead.
The missile can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land and is said to be capable of being used for surgical strikes such as targeting terrorist training camps or underground bunkers.
Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan regularly test missiles, and normally only give each other advance notice for long-range launches.
BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited is a joint venture between India's Defense Research and Development Organization and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia.
The word BrahMos is formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.