The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India announced today that it has successfully flight tested the extended range BrahMos missile featuring indigenous booster.
"BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile featuring indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems was successfully flight tested for designated range at 1030 hours today on September 30, 2020 from ITR, Balasore in Odisha. It is one more major step in enhancing the indigenous content," said Press Information Bureau (PIB) in a press release.
The supersonic cruise missile is capable of hitting targets at more than 400-km range. This is the second test-firing of the extended range version of the missile which has an indigenously developed airframe and booster. During the test, the BrahMos land-attack cruise missile (LACM) was cruising at a top speed of Mach 2.8, said PIB.
The press service added 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 realising Atmanirbhar Bharat pledge."
BrahMos is a ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from different platforms (submarines, ships, fighter jets, or land) The missile has been developed as a Joint Venture between Russia and India; the DRDO and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.
BrahMos is the first supersonic cruise missile known to be in service. Induction of the first version of BrahMos weapon complex in the Indian Navy commenced in 2005 with INS Rajput as the first ship.