The supersonic BrahMos land attack cruise missile has been inducted in Indian army on Thursday. The missile is capable of flying 2.8 times the speed of sound and easily may strike targets with a distance of 290 km.
President A P J Abdul Kalam handed over a model of the mobile autonomous launchers of the missile to Army chief General J J Singh. That was a symbolic act of the induction of BrahMos in Indian Army.
Earlier the BrahMos Aerospace had set the deadline in July 2008 for the delivery of the missile. But, the venture for missile production has beaten that cut-off date and prepared itself for the production of a hypersonic version of the missile that is actually capable of flying five to seven times the speed of sound.
President Kalam said that the India-Russian venture is a great model for international cooperation. He also said that this was the right time for BrahMos Aerospace to start working on Mark-II version of the cruise missile. This was necessary for Indian point of view to establish and maintain its superiority in the hypersonic cruise missile market.
He later suggested the BrahMos Aerospace to enter into the market of world-class missiles with great aggressiveness. This will be a smart move for the developer who should not lose the competitive edge.