The Indian Airforce successfully test-fired an advanced version of BrahMos land-attack supersonic cruise missile on Friday. As per reports, the supersonic cruise missile was test-fired at 1200 hrs at the Pokhran field firing range in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district. The flight conducted today met its mission parameters in a copybook manner and the weapon hit and annihilated the designated target, officials confirmed.
BrahMos is the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile developed jointly by India and Russia. BrahMos is a short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. The name BrahMos is a portmanteau formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.
The missile has a range of 290 km, has a maximum velocity of 2.8 Mach and cruises at altitudes varying from 10 meters to 15 km, claims BrahMos.
The land-attack version of BrahMos is fitted on a mobile autonomous launcher. The mobile land-based configuration of has achieved several advancements over the years in the form of Block I, Block II and Block III variants.
It is also capable of being launched from submarine from a depth of 40-50 meters. In 2013, it was successfully launched from a submerged platform. Meanwhile, BrahMos air-launched version is getting ready to be soon be test-flown from the Su-30MKI fighter of the IAF. Source
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