Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully fired from a test range along the Odisha coast to validate some new features including increased life.
According to an official release, the missile, an Indo-Russian joint venture, was tested from a mobile launcher at Launch Pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore at 10.40 am. The trial was conducted to validate its “life extension” technologies developed for the first time by DRDO and team BrahMos. The successful test will result in huge savings of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of the armed forces. The two-stage missile — first being solid and the second one, a ramjet liquid propellant — has already been introduced in the Army and the Navy, while the Air Force version had witnessed a successful trial. BrahMos variants can be launched from land, air, sea and under water. India successfully launched the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet for the first time against a target in the Bay of Bengal in November, 2017.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratualated DRDO scientists and team BrahMos for the successful launch of the missile with new technology. “Smt @nsitharaman congratulates Team Brahmos & @DRDO_India for successful flight test carried out at 1040 hrs on 21 May 2018 from ITR, Balasore to validate BRAHMOS missile life extension technologies developed for the first time in India,” her office said in a twitter post.