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India successfully test-fires new version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: India on Thursday successfully test-fired a new version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile off the coast of Odisha in Balasore, news agency reported.

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Defence sources told news agency that the missile was equipped with new technological developments which were successfully proven.

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Earlier on January 11, the country had successfully test-fired BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile from the Indian Navy’s INS Visakhapatnam warship.

“Advanced sea to sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile was tested from INS Visakhapatnam today. The missile hit the designated target ship precisely,” DRDO official had said.

The missile is a joint venture between India and Russia where Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) represents the Indian side.

The missile was tested from INS Visakhapatnam which is the latest warship of the Indian Navy inducted recently.

BrahMos is the main weapon system of the Indian Navy warships and have been deployed on almost all of its surface platforms.

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An underwater version is also being developed which will not only be used by the submarines of India but will also be offered for export to friendly foreign nations.

Advanced indigenous technologies

The flight test is a major milestone in the way forward for the BrahMos programme. The highly maneuverable missile cruised at supersonic speed to its maximum range and all mission objectives were met. The missile was equipped with advanced indigenous technologies and followed a modified optimal trajectory for enhanced efficiency and improved performance.

The BrahMos supersonic missile with a modified control system, has been fine tuned to achieve an enhanced capability. This flight test was monitored by all the sensors of the range instrumentation including telemetry, radar and electro-optical tracking systems deployed across the eastern coast and the down range ships.

What is BrahMos missile?

BrahMos is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kilograms (both conventional as well as nuclear) and has a top supersonic speed of Mach 2.8 to 3 (roughly three times the speed of sound). This flight test was monitored by all the sensors of the range instrumentation including telemetry, radar and electro-optical tracking systems deployed across the eastern coast and the down range ships.

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The BrahMos missile is a joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russia’s NPOM and both teams participated in the event. The objective has been to continuously upgrade the powerful, highly versatile BrahMos to increase its effectiveness and lethality against sea and land targets.

BrahMos is a potent missile weapon system already inducted into the Armed Forces and used by the Army, Air Force and Navy in different variants. It can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms.

DRDO, defence heap praises

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh complimented the Brahmos, DRDO teams and industry for the successful flight test. Director General Brahmos Atul D Rane also congratulated the joint teams of NPOM Russia and DRDO teams involved in the test.

G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman DRDO, appreciated the scientists and engineers for continuously putting efforts to maximise weapon systems efficiency and focus more on indigenous content.

The air version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired by a supersonic fighter aircraft, Sukhoi 30 MK-I, last month. Last week, a missile was launched from the Indian Navy destroyer INS Vishakhapatnam off the Western coast.

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