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India starts production of Brahmos airborne missile

The last launch test of new version from a military jet

India's Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh, said they has successfully tested the airborne version of the Brahmos cruise missile, a weapon developed in partnership with Russia. The launch was carried out aboard an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi 30 MKI warplane at the Chandipur range, with the rocket following the predetermined trajectory and reaching its target.

This test represents the green light for the commercialization of these armaments. "Structural integrity and functional performance were demonstrated during the test. I authorize the mass production of Brahmos missiles in airborne version within the country", the Defense Ministry said, adding that the previous flight test of the airborne version took place last July.

Brahmos has an operational range of 290 km. The supersonic cruise missile can be launched from an altitude of 500 to 14,000 meters. In its variants, it can be launched from ships, submarines, aircraft or ground bases.

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