Brahmos missile

India has conducted two consecutive test launches of the Block-III version of the BrahMos land-attack cruise missile from the eastern sector.

Conducted on 8 and 9 May using the same land-based target, the trials saw the supersonic cruise missile successfully meet all flight parameters, including high-level manoeuvres, and eventually hit the designated target with desired accuracy.

BrahMos Aerospace CEO and managing director Sudhir Mishra said: "BrahMos today has once again flawlessly demonstrated its capability in the Eastern Sector.

"This launch is definitely a huge morale booster for our Armed Forces, who are its proud possessors."

While the company with held the exact test location, local media reported that the trials were carried out by the Indian Army from the Car Nicobar Islands to revalidate the weapon’s precision strike capability.

Built by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Russian NPO Mashinostroyenia, BrahMos is a 290km-range stealth supersonic missile, designed for launch from land, ship, submarines and air platforms.

"This launch is definitely a huge morale booster for our Armed Forces, who are its proud possessors."

Powered by a solid propellant rocket, the missile features a liquid-fuelled ramjet to sustain supersonic cruise, and can intercept surface targets by flying as low as 10m above the ground, even in mountainous terrain and hills.

The missile is based on the Russian-built P-800 Oniks / Yakhont supersonic anti-ship cruise missile, and has a speed of Mach 2.8 that equates to nearly three times the speed of sound, and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300kg.

The land-attack version of BrahMos has been used by the Indian Army since 2007, the navy also inducted the missile in eight of its warships by April 2013.

Meanwhile, the air version of the missile is being prepared to undertake flight testing from the Indian Air Force’s Su-30MKI aircraft in the near future.

Image: A BrahMos cruise missile displayed during IMDS-2007 in Russia. Photo: courtesy of One half 3544.