India conducts test launch of BrahMos missile with extended range


India has conducted a test launch of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off the coast of Odisha, India.

Conducted on 11 March, the trial validated the missile's ability to hit enemy targets more than 400km away.

The missile was test-fired from a mobile autonomous launcher during the trial, which met all mission parameters, according to BrahMos Aerospace.

Commenting on the test, BrahMos Aerospace CEO and managing director Dr Sudhir Mishra said: "With the successful test firing of BrahMos extended range missile, Brahmos ER, the Indian armed forces will be empowered to knock down enemy targets far beyond 400km.

“With the successful test firing of BrahMos extended range missile, the Indian armed forces will be empowered to knock down enemy targets far beyond 400km."

"BrahMos has thus proved its prowess once again as the best supersonic cruise missile system in the world.”

The technology upgrade comes after India joined the 34-nation Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June 2016, which removed caps on the missile's range.

The land-attack version of the supersonic cruise missile can fly at a speed of 2.8 Mach and carry a conventional warhead weighing up to 300kg.

It is said to have three times more velocity, a three to four times larger seeker range, and nine times more kinetic energy when compared to existing subsonic cruise missiles.

BrahMos is said to have an identical configuration for land, sea and sub-sea platforms, and uses a transport canister to transport, store and launch the missiles.