The test-firing of India’s BrahMos supersonic cruise missile off the Odisha coast in the country has reportedly resulted in a failure.
Indian news agency ANI has reported that the missile fell soon after it took off on 12 July.
Sources familiar with the matter told the news agency that an extended range version of the missile was being tested.
This version of the missile can hit targets up to 450km.
Sources told ANI: “The missile fell off very shortly after the launch this morning.
“The reasons for the failure would be analysed by a joint team of scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation and BrahMos aerospace corporation.”
The exact cause is unknown and will be determined only after a complete test analysis.
BrahMos missile is developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture (JV) between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia (NPOM).
Named after two rivers, the Brahmaputra in India and the Moskva in Russia, the BrahMos missile is designed for launch against ships and land-based targets.
The BrahMos missile strike range has now increased to more than 400km. The original version has a range of around 290km and has already been inducted into the armed forces.
In November last year, the Indian Army carried out the test firing of the land-attack version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.