Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully flight-tested under extreme weather conditions as part of the service life extension programme for the Army.
“The missile followed the designated trajectory and the key components functioned perfectly. BrahMos has again proved its all-weather capability, flying in sea state 7, with waves as high as nine meters,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The missile was fired from a mobile autonomous launcher at 10.17 a.m. from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore, Odisha.
BrahMos, a joint venture between India and Russia, has been demonstrated in various configurations in land-attack, anti-ship and from the air. The Army and the Navy have already inducted the missile, while the air-launched variant is undergoing trials.
It has a strike range of around 290 km and is described as the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile.
About BrahMos missile:
Weighing 2.5 ton, BrahMos ALCM is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft. It has been modified by HAL to carry weapons.
It is a world-class weapon with a multi-platform, multi-mission role and is capable of being launched from land, sea, and air.
BrahMos is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India and NPOM of Russia.
The name Brahmos has been taken from two rivers – Brahmaputra and Moskva.
The heavyweight missile, integrated with the long-range fighter, is seen as a force multiplier for the IAF.
The Brahmos cruise missiles have an effective strike range of around 290-300 km.
The land and warship versions have already been inducted by the armed forces.