26 February 2020

India tests Brahmos cruise missile

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Amid persisting cross-border firing for the past many days, India has successfully carried out two tests of BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles from mobile launchers in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. reports citing Sputnik.

Conducted by the Indian Air Force, the tests came amid reports of mounting tensions along the western corridor.

The Air Force claimed that the missiles had hit the targets with pinpoint accuracy on Trak Island, a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

It added that the firing of the missile has enhanced its capability to engage ground targets with pinpoint accuracy from a mobile platform. “The twin firings have been carried out as a part of the routine operational training”, the force added.

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has claimed at least four or five Pakistani soldiers were killed, while several launchpads/terrorist camps were destroyed on Sunday on the Pakistani side of the LoC.

Meanwhile, an Indian Army officer was killed by Pakistani snipers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector.

In the Poonch sector (on the Indian side of Kashmir), officials accused Pakistan of heavy shelling that left two civilians wounded.

India and Pakistan have struggled for control over the Kashmir region — the southern part of which is administered by India and borders Punjab — since the end of British rule in 1947. Tensions in the region spiked in February after terrorists staged a deadly attack on Indian security forces.

2019.10.22 / 22:34
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