India Test-Fires Extended Range BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

India successfully test-fired an extended range variant of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on Sept. 30, according to local reports.

The missile, which can hit targets at over 400 km range, was launched from a land-based mobile launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR) Balasore in the state of Odisha at 10.30 am.

This was the second test firing of the extended range version of BrahMos supersonic missile. The reports said that the airframe and booster of the tested missile were developed indigenously.

According to the statement from the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) was cruising at a top speed of Mach 2.8 during the test.

BrahMos is an Indo-Russian 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 operation, with the air and submarine-launched versions currently in the testing/induction 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.

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