BrahMos land-attack cruise missile successfully test-fired from Car Nicobar Islands

Land-to-land configuration of BrahMos missile was successfully test-fired from the Car Nicobar Islands.

BrahMos Block–III version i.e. land-to-land configuration of missile was launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) for its full-range of 290-km test.

The missile flight test met all flight parameters, including high-level manoeuvres. It also hit the designated land- based target with the desired accuracy.

This launch was the 47th test-firing of the missile and follows an unsuccessful test which was conducted on April 9, 2015 when the missile had failed to hit the target.

About BrahMos missile

  • BrahMos supersonic cruise missile designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture of India and Russia.
  • Missile’s name has been derived from the names of two rivers, India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moskva River.
  • It is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against sea and land targets.
  • Features- It is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kilogram and has top supersonic speed of Mach 2.8. It can strike a target at maximum range of 290-km.
  • It is two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant.

BrahMos has already been inducted into the Indian Army and Navy. While, the Air Force version is in final stage of trial.

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