India testfires BrahMos cruise missile off eastern coast
India Wednesday successfully testfired its stealth supersonic BrahMos cruise missile off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha or Orissa, sources said.
"The missile was testfired from a ground mobile launcher at Chandipur off the Odisha coast at 11.22 a.m. as part of a user trial by the Indian Army from the test range. The testfiring of the surface-to-surface Army version of the missile has been successful," the sources said, Xinhua reported.
BrahMos is the world's fastest cruise missile in operation. The missile travels at speeds of Mach 2.8 to 3.0, and is about three- and-a-half times faster than America's subsonic Harpoon cruise missile.
BrahMos, which can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land, is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 200 to 300 kg.
BrahMos is a joint venture between India's Defense Research and Development Organization and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia who have together formed the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.