India, South Korea sign two defence MoUs; BrahMos test-fired at supersonic speed
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  • India and South Korea signed two ‘landmark’ Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to strengthen bilateral strategic partnership. The first MoU, which would remain valid for five years and subject to further extension, “envisages exchange of defence related experience and information, mutual exchange of visits by military personnel and experts including civilian staff associated with defence services, military education and training and conduct of military exercises, exchange of visits of ships and aircraft, as jointly decided between the two countries.” The second MoU envisages joint development and production of various defence items, including some of ‘immediate interest’ such as marine systems, electronics and intelligent systems.1

    A new version of BrahMos cruise missile (BrahMoS Block II) was test fired successfully, in a steep dive mode at supersonic speed. The test firing covered the full range of the 290 km before hitting the desired target and “meeting all the mission parameters”, noted SP Dash, Director of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) complex at Chandipore, Orissa. With the successful test, the Block II version of the missile is ready for induction in the Army.2