Guwahati: India successfully flight tested the surface-to-surface BrahMos supersonic cruise missile featuring an indigenous booster and air-frame section from Integrated Test Range, Balasore in Odisha on Wednesday.
The BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) can cruise at a top speed of Mach 2.8 and also has a range of 450 km.
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated all the personnel of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and team BrahMos on the successful testing. He said that this would be “big boost” towards realising the Atmanirbhar Bharat pledge.
The missile was test-fired at around 10.30 AM from a mobile launcher, a DRDO official said. “All the parameters were met during the trial,” a DRDO official said after the missile was test fired at 10.45 am. The missile can be launched from land, sea platforms as well as fighter jets,” the official added.
The BrahMos is a ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, fighter jets, or land.
The missile has been developed as a joint venture between the DRDO and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.
This is the second time that the extended-range version of BrahMos has been test-fired. It is regarded as the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world and is already operational with the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.