Port Blair: South Western Command’s Corps Strike One successfully carried out the firing of advanced BrahMos Block III land attack cruise missile system in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands today for the second consecutive day. The successive launches reinforce India’s formidable weapon’s precision strike capability. The long-range tactical weapon was successfully tested from the same location yesterday.
These successful test strikes of the supersonic cruise missile were carried out in full operational land-to-land configurations from mobile autonomous launchers at their full-range. Meeting all flight parameters in a copybook manner while conducting high-level and complex manoeuvres, the multi-role missile successfully hit the land-based target with desired precision, in both the trials demonstrating its accuracy of less than 1 m.
This is the fifth consecutive time the Block-III version of BrahMos land attack cruise missile has been successfully launched, hitting the land-based target in “top-attack” mode, an incredible feat not achieved by any other weapon system of its genre.
The Indian Army, which became the first land force in the world to deploy the BrahMos in 2007, has raised several regiments of this formidable weapon. Jointly developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia, the multi-platform, multi-mission BrahMos is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface-based and sea-based targets.
“It is based on the Russian P-800 Oniks cruise missile and other similar sea-skimming Russian cruise missile technology. The name BrahMos is a portmanteau formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.” — Wikipedia
Recently, the Missile Technology Control Regime had removed the caps on the BrahMos range. Following this, India, which is now a full member of the MTCR, upgraded the requisite technology and increased the strike range of the missile from 290 km to 450 km.