India successfully test-fired the air version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile today from the integrated test range of Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, sources in the DRDO said. Describing the mission as a “major milestone” in the development of BrahMos, the sources said that the air version of the missile was test-fired from supersonic fighter aircraft Sukhoi 30 MK-I at 10:30 AM.
The “copybook flight” followed the pre-planned trajectory and met all objectives, the sources in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said.
The launch has cleared the way for serial production of air-version BrahMos missiles, they said.
The air version of BrahMos was last flight tested in July 2021. The 2.5-tonne air launched missile has a range of 300 km and a maximum speed of 2.8 mach (mach: speed of sound).
Major airframe assemblies which form the integral part of the Ramjet Engine are indigenously developed by the Indian industry, the statement said. These include non-metallic air frame sections comprising Ramjet fuel tank and pneumatic fuel supply system, it said.
In January 2020, the IAF commissioned the 222 “Tiger Sharks” squadron consisting of modified Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter jets in Thanjavur armed with the missiles. This significantly enhances the offensive strike range of the armed forces.
Congratulating the teams involved in the flight test, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, the secretary in the department of Defence Research and Development and chairman of DRDO, said various laboratories at the premier agency, academic institutions, public sector undertakings and Indian Air Force (IAF) participated in the testing, production and induction of this complex missile system.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has praised the DRDO, Indian Air Force and other stakeholders on the success of the mission, the sources said.
BrahMos is a joint venture between India (DRDO) and Russia (NPOM) for the development, production and marketing of the supersonic cruise missile. The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), aimed at restricting the number of nations that can develop and own long-range missiles, does not apply on it.
The offensive missile weapon system has been inducted into the armed forces.
The DRDO had on 7 December flight-tested the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile, which will boost the capability of Indian Navy.