India Thursday successfully testfired BrahMos missile off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa, said official sources.
The BrahMos missile, developed jointly by India's Defense Research and Development Organization and Russia, was testfired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off Orissa coast, the sources said.
BrahMos is capable of being launched from multiple platforms like submarine, ship, aircraft and landbased Mobile Autonomous Launchers. It travels at speeds of Mach 2.5 to 2.8. It's three-and- a-half times faster than the U.S. subsonic Harpoon cruise missile.
The missile, a joint venture between India's DRDO and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia who have formed the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited, can carry conventional warheads up to 300 kg for a range of 290 km and can effectively engage ground targets from an altitude as low as 10 meters.