India, Russia to extend Brahmos supersonic missiles range beyond 300 km

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India and Russia have agreed to extend the range of Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles beyond the current 300 km, with the country joining the elite Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the government said on Friday.

The proposal for undertaking joint technical development work for extending range beyond 300 km has been executed between India and Russia, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

In its first entry into any multilateral export control regime, India joined the MTCR in June as a full member.

China, which stonewalled India's entry into the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at the Seoul plenary in June is not a member of the 34-nation MTCR.

"Subsequent to the India joining MTCR, Russia and India have agreed to extend the range of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile beyond 300 km," Bhamre said.

Brahmos is a short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that travels at speeds of up to Mach 3.0. India and Russia are reportedly also planning to develop a new generation of these missiles that could likely have an ability to hit protected targets with pinpoint accuracy.

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