India’s DRDO Test Fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile with Advanced Indigenous Seeker

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile equipped with an advanced indigenous seeker on Dec. 17.

The missile was launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) positioned at the Launch Complex III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur at around 8.30 am local time. According to DRDO sources, the trial of the surface-to-surface missile was successful, meeting all the parameters.

Most of the components of the missile tested were indigenously developed in India, including the missile’s airframe, fuel management system and the DRDO designed seeker, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defence.

A BrahMos supersonic cruise missile being launched from an autonomous mobile launcher positioned at the Launch Complex III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha at around 8.30 am local time on Dec. 17, 2019. DRDO Photo.

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 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.

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