On Wednesday, India successfully test-fired Brahmos an extended range supersonic missile from a base in Odisha. The missile with a strike range of over 400 km was successfully launched at 10:45 am from a launcher at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha according to Defence Research and Development (DRDO) sources.
This test-fire was executed under the PJ-10 project of DRDO where the missile was launched using an indigenous booster. “All the parameters were fulfilled”, stated a DRDO official after the launch. He further added that the missile could be launched from land, sea platforms, and fighter jets. “It is a major step in enhancing the indigenous content”. the government commented after the test-fires.
This is the second version of the extended test missile BrahMos to be test-fired. BrahMos jointly created by DRDO and NPOM (Russian leading aerospace enterprise) is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from warships, submarines, land, or fighter jets. The missile which is already operational within the Indian Air Force and Army is considered to be the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world which travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, almost 3 times the speed of sound. In 2005, when BrahMos was installed in INS Rajput, Indian Navy Ship, it was the first time that it got introduced to the Indian Armed Forces. The land-based and ship-based versions of it are already in use, while the air-launch version was successfully launched.
The first extended version of BrahMos was successfully test-fired on 11 March 2017, it had a strike range of 450 km. A shorter range land version of the missile was successfully tested on 30 September 2019.