BRAHMOS Missile feat. indigenous booster successfully flight-tested with an extended range of 400 KM
DRDO: BRAHMOS surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile featuring indigenous Booster and Airframe Section, along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems, was successfully flight tested for designated range at 1030 hours today on September 30, 2020, from ITR, Balasore in Odisha. The successful flight test is one of the major steps taken by the DRDO in enhancing the indigenous content. The flight-test was carried out under the PJ-10 project of the DRDO. The successful flight test has provided for an extended range of over 400 KM for the indigenous cruise missile.
The BRAHMOS Land-Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) was cruising at a top speed of Mach 2.8, according to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated all the personnel of DRDO and team BrahMos for the successful mission. Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DD R&D, and Chairman DRDO congratulated the scientific community and industry for this feat.
Today’s successful launch has paved the way for the serial production of the indigenous booster and other indigenous components of the powerful BRAHMOS Weapon System, realizing the Atmanirbhar Bharat pledge.
BrahMos missile was developed as part of a joint venture between India and Russia, and originally had a range of 290 kilometres. To enhance the capabilities of the supersonic cruise missile, the range has been extended to over 400 kilometres. Some reports claim the extended range of the supersonic cruise missile to be about 450 KMs now.
India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in 2016, paving way for India and Russia to extend the range of supersonic cruise missile beyond 300 km, which they agreed upon in 2018.