Indian Army Test-launches BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile in Top-Attack Configuration

Indian Army conducted a successful test-launch of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in a top-attack configuration, on Nov. 24.

The surface-launched, land-attack version of the missile was launched from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 10 am local time. According to the Army , the missile successfully hit its target in the Bay of Bengal “with pin point accuracy”.

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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