India on Thursday successfully flight-tested the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range. The missile, which is the result of an Indo-Russia joint venture, can fly almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.
The range of the BrahMos missile can be further extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime or MTCR in 2016.
Efforts are on to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfill critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.
The supersonic cruise missile was last test-fired in November 2017 from the Indian Air Force’s fighter, Sukhoi-30MKI. “Formidable Supersonic Cruise Missile BrahMos was successfully flight tested at 8:42 AM today at Pokhran test range, Rajasthan. The precision strike weapon with Indian-made seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the target with pin-point accuracy,” tweeted the defence ministry.