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"BrahMos" supersonic missile hits target at range of 290 km

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The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile developed jointly by Russia and India can become invisible and evade missile defense systems of modern military ships. It attacks a target diving in an inclined position. The missile’s name is an abbreviation of two rivers, India’s Brahmaputra and Russia’s Moskva.

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile developed jointly by Russia and India can become invisible and evade missile defense systems of modern military ships. It attacks a target diving in an inclined position. The missile’s name is an abbreviation of two rivers, India’s Brahmaputra and Russia’s Moskva.
The joint project was completed in under three years: the first intergovernmental agreements were signed in 1998 and the first test launch of the BrahMos missile from a firing range in India took place in 2001.
The BrahMos anti-ship missile was based on the P-800 Oniks, a Russian mid-range cruise missile, alternatively named Yakhont. It has been significantly upgraded to become a supersonic modification. Indian engineers developed a new control system. The resulting missile can develop a speed three times higher than the speed of sound and has an invisibility range of up to 300 km from a target’s missile defense system.
The developers are currently testing a hypersonic version of the missile, BrahMos-II, which would be capable of achieving a speed twice as fast as the existing version.