India successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, with an “increased indigenous content and improved performance”, from the Chandipur integrated test range off the Odisha coast on Thursday morning.
“The missile, with a strike range of 290 km, is equipped with advanced indigenous technologies and followed a modified optimal trajectory for enhanced efficiency and improved performance,” a DRDO official said. “The flight test is a major milestone in the way forward for the BrahMos programme. The highly-manouverable missile, with a modified control system, cruised at supersonic speed for its maximum range and all mission objectives were met,” he added.
BrahMos Aerospace, the joint venture between India and Russia, has been upgrading the missile, which flies almost three times the speed of sound to increase its effectiveness against sea and land targets. On January 11, the naval BrahMos variant, with a range of 350km to 400km, was tested from INS Visakhapatnam.