The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted a successful test firing of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in combat mode on Oct. 22.
The surface-to-surface (SSM) version of the missile was launched at around 0930 hours local time from the Trak Islands in the Nicobar Islands region of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago off India’s eastern coast in the Bay of Bengal.
According to officials, the missile struck the target at around 300 km away with “perfect precision”.
The launch came a day after another successful test of the weapon in practice configuration by the IAF from the same location. During the launch on Oct. 21, the missile was fired at 1400 hours local time and flew for its nearly full range of 300 km before hitting the target.
02 BrahMos Surface to Surface missiles were fired by IAF at Trak Island in the Andaman Nicobar group of islands on 21 & 22 Oct 19. The twin firings have been carried out as a part of the routine operational training. pic.twitter.com/i95AS0XMXm
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) October 22, 2019
The twin successful launches were conducted by the IAF’s user unit in operational configuration to assess mission readiness and swift deployment of the tactical missile overlong distance.
“The firing of the missile has enhanced IAFs capability to engage the grounds targets with pinpoint accuracy from a mobile platform”, said the Air Force in a statement.
On May 22, the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully fired the air-launched version of the BrahMos missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The air-launched (ALCM) version is expected to be operationalized soon.
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.