India successfully test-fired supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a base in Odishas Chandipur on Tuesday (December 17), Defence sources said. The land-attack version of BrahMos missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher at Launch Complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) and the surface-to-surface missile succeeded in hitting the given target.
BrahMos is the fastest supersonic cruise missile and it can be launched from submarines, ships, fighter jets, or land. The missile is a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia. Indian Air Force (IAF) said that Tuesday’s test-firing was the third such live launch of the weapon and with this launch the integration of the missile on Su-30 MKI aircraft is complete.
India on Tuesday successfully conducted separate trials of two variants of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos to check its capability to hit targets with precision and accuracy, Defence sources said. BrahMos is a joint venture of the DRDO of India and the NPOM of Russia. On October 21 and 22 2019, IAF had test-fired two BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missiles as part of routine operational training.
The missiles were fired from Trak Island in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. Both the missiles had directly hit the designated mock targets close to 300 kilometers away, validating the different parameters of the weapon system. The IAF had said at that time that the test-firing of BrahMos has enhanced the air force!-s capability to engage ground targets with pinpoint accuracy from a mobile platform.
Notably, BrahMos missiles have already been integrated by the OAF on its frontline fighter Sukhoi-Su-30MKIs with 42 jets being reconfigured to carry the lethal arsenal. BrahMos-A, the air-launched version of the supersonic cruise missile, will give the IAF another potent weapon to hit the enemy from standoff range during the day as well as night and in all weather conditions. The 42 Su-30MKIs will be ready to carry BrahMos-A in less than three years. The life extension test achieved all parameters, said the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). With this, India has achieved another milestone in the defense sector, a DRDO official said.
BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India’s DRDO and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia. The first extended version of the missile with a strike range of 450 km was successfully tested on March 11, 2017, Defence sources said. The missile is operational with the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. The BrahMos is regarded as the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world, the sources said adding that it has established itself as a major force multiplier in modern warfare with its land-attack and anti-ship capabilities with multi-role and multi-platform abilities.
Note: The BrahMos, with a strike range of 290 km, is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world.