Indian Army launches BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
The range of the new land-attack version of the missile has been extended to 400 km from the original 290 km
The Indian Army has successfully launched the land-attack version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in a ‘top-attack’ configuration, hitting a target in the Bay of Bengal with “pin point” accuracy.
The BrahMos Land Attack Cruise Missile was test-fired using a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) from the Car Nicobar Islands against a designated target located at a range of approximately 200 kilometers in the Bay of Bengal.
During this successful test launch, the missile demonstrated the weapon’s unmatched lethal ability and formidable precision strike capability.
According to reports, the range of the new land-attack version of the missile has been extended to 400 km from the original 290 km but its speed has been maintained at 2.8 Mach.
The current Block III version of the missile has successfully executed four operational launches in the past. With the upgraded capability the missile can hit targets at a range of upto 400 Km with precision.
The launch marks the achievement of a critical milestone in enhancing India’s capability of engaging the enemy’s vitally important targets in-depth areas.
Taking to Twitter, the Pune-headquartered Southern Command of the Indian Army shared the video of the launch and said, “Indian Army successfully launched its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on November 24 in a top-attack configuration, hitting a target in the Bay of Bengal with pinpoint accuracy.” The test was conducted from the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.
Indian Army successfully launched its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 24 Nov 2020 in a top-attack configuration, hitting a target in the Bay of Bengal with pin point accuracy.#IndianArmy#SouthernCommand @DRDO_India#WarriorsoftheSouth#BrahMosMissile@adgpi pic.twitter.com/vec6Txdqgo— Southern Command INDIAN ARMY (@IaSouthern) November 24, 2020
The BrahMos missile provides the Indian Air Force (IAF) a much-desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.
In the last two-and-half months, India has test-fired several missiles. On October 18, a naval version of the BrahMos missile was successfully test-fired from an indigenously-built stealth destroyer of the Indian Navy in the Arabian Sea.
The air-launched version of the missile was launched from an IAF Sukhoi fighter jet in the Bay of Bengal on October 30.
Established in 1998, BrahMos Aerospace, named after India’s Brahmaputra and Russia’s Moska rivers, is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya.