New Delhi March 22: The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully flight tested from Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range this morning. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted to say “The precision strike weapon with Indian-made seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the target with pin-point accuracy.”
The test took place at 8:42 AM, Ms Sitharama said, congratulating the Defence Research and Development Organisation for the successful flight. “The successful test will further bolster our national security,” she added.
The missile flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.
The range of the BrahMos Missile, an Indo-Russia joint venture, can be extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime or MTCR in 2016.
Work is underway to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfil critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.
The BrahMos has been inducted into the Navy and Army from 2006 onwards, but this version is more versatile because unlike warships, which are slow-movers, a fast-moving Sukhoi-30 fighter can travel at least 1,500 km towards a target before the missile itself is fired. The missile then flies another 400 km to take out a target.
The combination of the Su-30 and BrahMos means that the Indian Air Force can deliver a knock-out punch in minutes, far quicker than a warship which may need to sail in the direction of a target out at sea.
The BrahMos missile has been jointly developed with Russia and is named for the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva.