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BrahMos missile successfully test-fired

The land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with an extended range increased from 290 km to 450 km was successfully test fired.

The missile was test fired from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha. It met its mission parameters fully by achieving 100% results. 

About BrahMos missile

  • BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has been designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture of India and Russia.
  • It name has been derived from the names of two rivers, India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moskva River.
  • Features: It has top supersonic speed of Mach 2.  It is two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant.It is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kilogram, both conventional and nuclear.
  • Range: Its earlier strike range was 290 km. But after India’s induction into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June 2016, missile’s range has been increased beyond 300km in the same configuration.
  • Another version of the missile with a strike range of 800 km is under development.
  • Deployment: It has already been inducted into the Indian Army and Navy, while the Air Force version is in the final stage of trials. Navy’s first version was inducted in 2005 on INS Rajput.
  • The Indian Army is already equipped with three regiments of Block III version of Brahmos missiles. Now, it is fully operational with two regiments of the Army.

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Indian Navy successfully test-Fires anti-ship missile from Kalvari Submarine

Indian Navy successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile for the first time from an indigenously built INS Kalvari submarine.

During a test firing in the Arabian Sea, the missile successfully hit a surface target at extended ranges. This launch is considered as significant milestone of Indian Navy in enhancing its “sub-surface” warfare prowess.

Key Facts
  • INS Kalvari is the first of India’s six Scorpene-class submarines which are being built under the Project 75.
  • It has been designed by France’s DCNS and was manufactured at state-owned Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • The anti-ship missiles will provide the Kalvari class submarines ability to neutralize surface threats at extended ranges. 

About six Scorpene-class submarines

  • The diesel powered Kalvari (Scorpene) class submarines have superior stealth. They use guided weapons such as tube-launched anti-ship missiles and torpedoes on enemy submarines from the surface or underwater.
  • Besides warfare, they can perform varied functions will include intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance etc.
  • The second Kalvari class submarine INS Khanderi was launched in Mumbai in January 2017. The other four submarines are expected to be launched at nine-month intervals.

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India, Israel to develop MR-SAM missile system for Army

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a deal to jointly develop a medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) system for Army with help of Israel.

The deal will be executed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI).

Key Facts
  • The approved deal is for five regiments of the MR-SAM system, which consists of 40 units and 200 missiles. It has a range of 50-70 km.
  • The system will be based on the older Barak system of Israel, which is in use in India. It will be manufactured in India and will have an 80% indigenous content.
  • Under this deal, the DRDO will play a crucial role in developing the target homing system. Deliveries of the system will begin in 2023.
  • The MR-SAM system will be the latest in a series of other variants of SAM systems used by the Navy and the Air Force which is jointly developed by India and Israel.
Phalcon Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS)

India and Israel are also in an advanced stage of negotiations for the purchase of two more long-range Phalcon AWACS. The CCS already has approved the deal for additional AWACS in 2016. India currently operates three Phalcon AWACS Israeli radars mounted on Russian IL-76 transport aircraft, under a $1-billion tripartite deal with Russia, signed in 2003. India already has ordered two IL-76 aircraft from Russia to be converted to AWACS.

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