BALASORE (Odisha): India today successfully test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with several indigenous features. The test-firing of the missile was carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO from Balasore in Odisha.
BrahMos missile was launched from a land-based mobile launcher at 10.30 am on Wednesday. The first version of Brahmos is having a range of 290-km.
The original version has already been deployed in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh due to the ongoing border tension with China at LAC.
BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile features indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems.
Defence Ministry said that the BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise Missile was cruising at a top speed of Mach 2.8. It is one more major step in enhancing the indigenous content.
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh has congratulated all the personnel of DRDO and team BrahMos for the spectacular mission.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 30, 2020
RM Singh said that today’s successful launch has paved the way for the serial production of the indigenous booster and other indigenous components of the powerful BrahMos Weapon System realizing Atmanirbhar Bharat pledge.
India’s High Energy Materials Research Laboratory developed the solid propellant booster for the BrahMos missiles. The propellant is ignited and spews out from the opposite side of the missile’s flight path, thus giving it the thrust to move forward.
The propulsion system and airframe for the missile are being imported from Russia, and Indian defence scientists expect that using domestic propulsion will save on the cost of the missile.
The supersonic missile is being hailed as an important milestone in the Indo-Russian military partnership since DRDO developed it in collaboration with Russian military technology firm NPOM.
The Indian military deployed a BrahMos air-to-air missile in the contested Ladakh region mirroring the People’s Liberation Army’s long-range surface-to-air missiles in Tibet and Xinjiang region.