India admits failed cruise missile test

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NEW DELHI (AFP) — A supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by Russia and India failed to hit its target in a test previously reported as successful, Indian military scientists said Wednesday.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation, which Tuesday claimed the test of the BrahMos missile had been a “total success,” said the missile had flown only in the general direction of its target.

“The missile performance was absolutely normal till the last phase, but it missed the target, though it maintained the direction,” BrahMos project chief Sivathanu Pillai told the Press Trust of India.

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