India has test launched its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at around 10.20 am from the Chandipur Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Odisha on Sept. 30.
The missile, featuring Indian propulsion system, airframe, power supply and other major indigenous components, was successfully test fired for its full range of 290-km during the launch jointly conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) and BrahMos Aerospace.
BrahMos is an Indo-Russian short-range ramjet-powered supersonic cruise missile based on the Russian P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship cruise missile.
The missile is designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russia’s Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM).
The three-ton missile can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land-based platforms. The land-launched and ship-launched versions are already in service, with the air and submarine-launched versions currently in the testing phase.
A hypersonic version of the missile, BrahMos-II, is also presently under development with a speed of Mach 7-8 to boost aerial fast strike capability.