Express news service
BHUBANEWAR: One day after the successful test firing of the Vertical Launch Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM), India on Wednesday flight tested the aerial version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a fighter plane off the coast of Odisha.
Defense sources said the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos was tested from a Sukhoi 30 MK-I aircraft around 10:30 a.m., paving the way for its mass production.
“The missile launched from the aircraft followed the pre-planned trajectory meeting all the objectives of the mission. The successful test is a major milestone in the development of BrahMos as it clears the system for mass production in the country. “,
said a defense official.
The world’s fastest 8.4-meter BrahMos missile has a flight range of 450 km (increased by 290 km after India entered the missile technology control regime) and carries a Conventional warhead up to 300 kg. With high precision and
devastating power, it can sail at supersonic speeds of Mach 2.8.
The BrahMos Aerospace had to reduce the weight of the aerial version of the missile to 2.4 tonnes because it must be launched from a mobile platform unlike its land and naval versions. The weight of the land and naval versions of the missile is 2.9
tonne. Some modifications were also made to its design to easily integrate it into Sukhoi planes.
Equipped with an inertial navigation system and a global positioning system, the missile can effectively engage ground targets at an altitude as low as 10 meters for surgical strikes in terrorist training camps on the other side. border without causing collateral damage.
BrahMos is the world’s only supersonic cruise missile with this advanced capability, providing an advantage to the user with precise fire.
The main cell assemblies that form an integral part of the missile’s Ramjet engine were developed locally by Indian industry. These include non-metallic frame sections including a Ramjet fuel tank and pneumatic fuel delivery system. During the test, structural integrity and functional performance were proven.
Defense R&D Department Secretary and DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy praised various DRDO laboratories, academic institutions, quality assurance and certification agencies, public sector companies and the Indian Air Force, which participated in the development, testing, production and induction of the complex missile system.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, BrahMos Aerospace, Indian Airforce and industry for the successful test firing of the Sukhoi 30 MK-I missile.
BrahMos is a joint venture between India (DRDO) and Russia (NPOM) for the development, production and marketing of the supersonic cruise missile. This is a powerful offensive missile weapon system already integrated into the three services (Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force) of the Indian Armed Forces.