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Brahmos Cruise Missile to be Test Fired January 20th

The test-firing of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos will be held on Tuesday January 20th 2009 near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. It was earlier postponed due to heavy fog and rough weather conditions. This is to be the third testing of BrahMos missile in desert conditions.

The missile, jointly developed by India and Russia, was scheduled to be test-fired on Sunday from the Pokran firing range. Reports said a delay in missile's transportation to the test site also led to the postponement which was also linked to prevailing weather conditions.

BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It is a joint venture between India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia who have together formed the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.

The acronym BrahMos is perceived as the confluence of the two nations represented by two great rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia. At speeds of Mach 2.5 to 2.8, it is the world's fastest cruise missile and is about three and a half times faster than the U.S.A's subsonic Harpoon cruise missile. A hypersonic version of the missile is also presently under development (Lab Tested with 5.26 Mach Speed).

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