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BrahMos Testing

  • 01 Oct 2020
  • 3 min read

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BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise Missile (surface-to-surface) was successfully flight tested from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore in Odisha.

Key Points

  • It is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation of India (DRDO) and the NPOM of Russia.
    • Brahmos is named on the rivers Brahmaputra (India) and Moskva (Russia).
  • It is a supersonic missile travelling at a speed of Mach 2.8 (nearly three times the speed of sound)
    • It is the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile.
  • It is a multiplatform i.e it can be launched from land, air, and sea and multi capability missile with pinpoint accuracy that works in both day and night irrespective of the weather conditions.
    • It is, therefore, used by all three forces, the Army, Navy and the Air Force.
  • It operates on the "Fire and Forget" principle i.e it does not require further guidance after launch.
  • It is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft, with a weight of 2.5 tonnes.
  • Its range has been recently enhanced from 300 Km to 450-600 Km,
  • The missile features indigenous Booster and Airframe Section, along with many other indigenous sub-systems.
  • Advantages:
  • Others:
    • India is also working on a hypersonic missile, BrahMos-II (K), capable of taking out hardened targets such as underground bunkers and weapon storage facilities at seven times the speed of sound (Mach 7).

Source: PIB

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