Odisha, May 21: Tick marking another achievement in the list of success, India has successfully test fired the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the Odisha coast to validate some new features. The trial was conducted to validate its "life extension" technologies developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team Brahmos.
The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher stationed at Launchpad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur as informed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO scientists and team BrahMos for the successful launch of Brahmos missile with new technology today.
BrahMos alternates can be launched from land, air, sea, and underwater. After two successful test trials of BrahMos missile from INS Kolkata in June 2014 and February 2015, the test firing from INS Kochi on September 30, 2015, had validated the newly commissioned ship's systems.
The air launch version and the submarine launch version of the missile system are in progress. So far, the Army has placed orders for the BrahMos missile which are to be deployed by three regiments. Two of them are already operational. The last land-based trial was conducted from the same base on March 11, 2017, successfully.
India successfully launched the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet for the first time against a target in the Bay of Bengal in November 2017.