India has successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a military base in Balasore, Odisha, as part of the weapon system’s service life extension programme designed for the Indian Army.
Under extreme weather conditions, the missile was launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher stationed at launch pad three of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, the defence ministry said.
During the trial, the BrahMos flew in its designated trajectory to demonstrate that all the major components of the weapon system functioned accurately.
In addition, the precision strike missile flew in sea-state seven with waves as high as 9m, thereby validating its capability of operating under all weather conditions.
Developed and manufactured by BrahMos Aerospace, the BrahMos test firing was carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture (JV) between DRDO of India and NPO Mashinostroyeniya (NPOM) of Russia.
The missile has been upgraded as a major force multiplier in modern-day complex battlefields with its precise land-attack, anti-ship capabilities with multi-role and multi-platform abilities.
With a flight range of up to 290km, the weapon system is a two-stage missile that can be launched from land, sea and sub-sea platforms and is capable of cruising at speeds of up to Mach 3.
In May this year, the BrahMos was test-fired from a Static Inclined Launcher stationed at launch pad three of the Chandipur ITR as part of the missile’s service life extension programme.
BrahMos Aerospace chief Sudhir Kumar Mishra was reported by The Press Trust of India (PTI) as saying that a BrahMos variant, equipped with vertical launch capability, is soon expected to be ready for use in mountainous areas and against aircraft carriers.