Indian Army tests BrahMos land attack supersonic cruise missile


The Indian Army has successfully test-launched an advanced version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Launched from a mobile autonomous launcher, the land-attack missile successfully intercepted a designated target, The Press Trust of India reported.

Conducted on 2 May, the test involved high-level and complex manoeuvring by the block-III version of the missile, the news agency reported citing a senior army officer.

It follows the Indian Navy's maiden firing of the BrahMos missile from a naval vessel, Teg, last week.

During the test-firing conducted by the navy in the Bay of Bengal, a long-range BrahMos missile was fired towards a land-based target, The Hindu reported.

"Launched from a mobile autonomous launcher, the land-attack missile successfully intercepted a designated target."

Developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Russian NPO Mashinostroyenia, the BrahMos has a current range of 290km, and is based on the Russian P-800 Oniks or Yakhont missile.

BrahMos can be fired from onboard the vast majority of the navy's frontline classes of vessels, including the Kolkata, Ranvir and Teg.

Powered by a two-stage propulsion system, the missile can travel at a speed of Mach 3.

It can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300kg and intercept surface targets by flying as low as 10m above the ground.