BrahMos successfully test-fired
India on 30 September 2020 successfully test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with a strike range of more than 400 km from a base in Odisha. The launch of the state-of-the-art missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur was successful, Defence Research and Development (DRDO) sources said.
What is the importance of today’s BrahMos test?
- The missile can be launched from land, sea platforms as well as fighter jets.
- India and Russia have adhered to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which prohibits the transfer of missiles, or missile technology, with ranges beyond 300 km to non-member states.
- However, with India having become a MTCR member country in 2016, New Delhi is less stringently bound by technology transfer rules.
- The first extended version of the missile, which had a strike range of 450 km, was successfully tested on March 11, 2017.
- On September 30, 2019 a shorter range land version of BrahMos was successfully test fired from Chandipur ITR.
- Jointly developed by the DRDO and NPOM, a leading aerospace enterprise of Russia, the BrahMos missile is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile capable of being launched from submarines, warships, fighter jets or land.
- The missile, already operational with the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, is regarded as the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world.
- The Booster and Airframe section which have been made locally passed the tests. This means these are now ready to go on for serial production in India.
- In June this year, the BrahMos air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) had received its first-ever Fleet Release Clearance (FRC), which was expedited due to the ongoing tensions along the Line of Actual Control between India and China.
- This is the first-ever supersonic and advanced ALCM system which has been made locally in India in a joint venture with Russia which received such a certification.
- With this certification, the Indian Air Force has got more advantage when it goes on missions in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) as the ALCM has now a range of around 300 km and when being carried onboard the Su-30 MKI the range increases.