Boost to self-reliance in defence: BrahMos missile with indegenous seeker and booster successfully test fired
Different versions of the missile system are already deployed in all three services of the Indian armed forces
India's efforts for self-reliance in defence systems received a further boost on Sunday with the successful precision strike by an Indian Navy ship-launched BrahMos missile equipped with an indegenous seeker and booster.
According to information provided by the Indian Navy, the seeker and booster for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which was launched in the Arabian Sea, was designed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
"#IndianNavy’s successful precision strike in the #ArabianSea by ship launched #BrahMos missile with @DRDO_India designed #Indigenous Seeker & Booster reinforces its commitment towards #AatmaNirbharta. #AatmaNirbharBharat," the Indian Navy's Spokesperson tweeted.
The multi-role and multi-platform BrahMos supersonic missile system has proved its worth on land and sea as well as air. Different versions of the missile system have been deployed in all three services - Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.
In January, 2022, an advanced sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile was tested from INS Visakhapatnam. The test was successful with the missile hitting the designated target ship precisely.
The same month, another BrahMos Missile was successfully test fired from the Interim Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha to validate several new indigenous systems successfully demonstrating enhanced capabilities.
Earlier, in December 2021, the DRDO had announced the successful testing of an air version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. It was test fired from a Sukhoi 30 MK-I aircraft at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
BrahMos, which derives it name from the Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers in India and Russia respectively, is a joint venture between India's DRDO and Russia's NPOM to develop next-generation supersonic missiles for the Indian Armed Forces.