India successfully tested the Indo-Russian Joint Venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along Odisha coast to validate some new features.
India conducted the first successful test on Monday to increase the lifespan of the BrahMos cruise missile from 10 to 15 years. Sources of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said, “The missile was tested through a mobile launcher at 10.44 am from Integrated Testing Center (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha.”
The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher stationed at Launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here at 10.40 am, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said.
An ITR official said that the test was done by DRDO and team BrahMos to verify the first ”life extension” technologies in India.
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO scientists and team BrahMos for successful launch of the missile with new technology. She wrote in her tweet, “Successful testing of this technique will reduce the cost of changing the missile soon.”
Indian Army is using the surface-to-surface BrahMos missile since 2007. The Army has three regiments at the moment. DRDO officials said that the Army and Navy are already using surface and water-based missile. Its air force version has also been successfully tested. The BrahMos missiles can kill different variants of surface, air and sea.
According to a report, BrahMos, the fastest cruise missile in the co-developed world by India and Russia, will violate the Mach 7 barrier in the next decade to become a ‘hypersonic’ system.
India tested the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile in November 2017. It was launched from Indian Air Force’s frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi 30MKI. The missile successfully hit the target in the Bay of Bengal.
In March this year, the range of surface-to-surface missile was increased from 290 to 400 km.
According to the DRDO, India has developed missile technology control system in June 2016. From this technology the range of missiles can be increased from 400 km to 800 km.