India successfully fires the latest 450 km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile


Team DefenceAviationPost

India’s leading defence R&D armDRDO on Saturday successfully tested the latest 450-km range version of the BrahMos cruise missile days after its chief announced its development at the Aero India 2017.

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kg. The cruise missile was test fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Odisha at about 11.33 AM, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said.

Those present at the test range along the Odisha coast included Sudhir Mishra, MD & CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Systems and Procurement), Lt Gen Subrata Saha besides the project head and officials of DRDO.
BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian joint venture, is also in advance stage of test launching the air version of the sophisticated missile system and work on the project is in progress.
Dr Mishra told a newspaper that this is the first for the world – a supersonic cruise missile with such a high range. He said the extended range BrahMos hit the target with centimetric accuracy.
The two-stage missile, one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, while the Air Force version is in final stage of trial, DRDO officials said.
Dr Mishra added that with this new version, all three forces, Army, Navy and IAF will have the capability to strike deep into the enemy’s territory.

The Army is already equipped with three regiments of Block III version of Brahmos missiles.

While induction of the first version of Brahmos missile system in the Indian Navy began in 2005 with INS Rajput, it is now fully operational with two regiments of the Army.

After two successful test trials of Brahmos missile from INS Kolkata in June 2014 and February 2015, test firing from INS Kochi on September 30, 2015 had validated the newly commissioned ship’s systems.

The air launch version and the submarine launch version of the missile system are in progress.

The Army has so far placed orders for the BrahMos missile to be deployed by three regiments of the Army and two of them have already been inducted operationally.

(With agency inputs)

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