India’s leading defence R&D arm, DRDO 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.
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.