New delhi: The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully flight tested from Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range this morning. The missile files almost three times the speed of sound at March 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.
The range of the Brahmos missile, an Indo-Russia joint venture, can be extended up to 400
Km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime or MTCR in 2016.
Work is underway to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfil critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.
The BrahMos has been inducted into the Navy and Army from 2006 onwards, but this version is more versatile because unlike warships, which are slow-movers, a fast-moving Sukhoi-30 fighter can travel at least 1,500 km towards a target before the missile itself is fired. The missile then flies another 400km to take out a target.