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Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos successfully test-fired from Rajasthan`s Pokhran

Pokhran: India on Thursday successfully test-fired the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range.

The supersonic cruise missile was last test-fired in November 2017 from the Indian Air Force’s fighter, Sukhoi-30MKI.

The BrahMos was also showcased at the Dubai Air Show last year and had garnered quite a lot of interest from several countries.

Some Quick Facts About the BrahMos 

BrahMos is a medium range ramjet supersonic cruise missile.

It can be launched from the land, air and the sea.

It is a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and  Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia.

The word BrahMos is a portmanteau of rivers Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.

It boasts of a speed of Mach 2.8 to 3.0, making it the fastest anti-ship cruise missile in the world.

Its speed is now being upgraded to Mach 5.0

It was inducted into service in 2006 and is used by the Indian Army, Air Force and the Navy.

It weighs between 2,500 kg and 3,000 kg, has a length of about 8.4 meters with a warhead of about 200-300 kg.