India successfully test-fired the surface to surface supersonic cruise missile on November 24. The testing was as part of a series of trials. The supersonic cruise missile BrahMos has the capability of precision strike, an official source said.
Moreover, there has been an increase in the range of the new land-attack version. Originally it has a range of 280 km but the land-attack version has a range of 400 km. Also, the speed of the missile 2.8 Mach is similar to its original version. Its speed is three times more than the speed of sound, they said. In a feat of the greatest honour, India testfired Brahmos missile.
A successful trial
The land-attack version of the missile was test-fired at 10 a.m. in the Andaman and Nicobar island. Moreover, the trial was successful, an official source said.
According to an official source, the Indian Air Force ( IAF) and the Indian Navy will carry out a separate test firing of the new air and naval version of the missile respectively. The testing will be done in the next few days.
Indian Army successfully launched its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 24 Nov 2020 in a top-attack configuration, hitting a target in the Bay of Bengal with pin point accuracy.#IndianArmy#SouthernCommand @DRDO_India#WarriorsoftheSouth#BrahMosMissile@adgpi pic.twitter.com/vec6Txdqgo
— Southern Command INDIAN ARMY (@IaSouthern) November 24, 2020
India has already deployed a sizeable number of original BrahMos missiles
An India – Russian joint venture, BrahMos Aerospace, produces a lethal weapon. It has the capability of launching from submarines, ships, aircraft or from the land platform. In several strategic locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, India has already deployed a sizeable number of original BrahMos missiles and other key assets.
An anti-radiation missile named Rudram
Earlier, in the last three months, India has done testing of a number of missiles. Moreover, this includes testing of an anti-radiation missile, Rudram-1. Armed forces are planning to induct the missile in the year 2022. Also, testing of a naval version of the BrahMos missile was done on October 18. It was fired from an indigenously built stealth destroyer of Indian Navy.
Furthermore, on October 30, the Indian Air Force test-fired the air-launched version of the weapon. IAF fired it from a Sukhoi fighter aircraft in the Bay of Bengal.
Strike with pinpoint accuracy
From large standoff rang with much-desired at sea or on land, the BrahMos missile provides the IAF with a much-desired capacity to strike with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all winter conditions.
On more than 40 Sukhoi fighter jets, the IAF is also into resting the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. It aims at bolstering the overall combat capacity of the force.