India test-fires supersonic missile

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India on Sunday test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile as part of a user trial by the army from a test range at Chandipur off Odisha coast. The missile, which has a flight range of up to 290 km, is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg. “The cruise missile was test fired from a ground mobile launcher from the launch complex-3 at about 1030 hours and all data is being retrieved for analysis,” Indian defence sources said. The cruise missile, a surface-to-surface army version, was test fired as part of user trial by the army, they said. The two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the army and navy, and the air-force version is in final stage of trial, Indian defence official said. The cruise missile was test fired from a ground mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of ITR at about 1030 hours and all data was retrieved for analysis, the Indian media quoted defence sources said.