India successfully test fires supersonic missile BrahMos
2 months ago Rishita Raj 0
The BrahMos, supersonic missile has been successfully tested fired first time with indigenously developed seeker from Pokhran test range Rajasthan. The Union Defence Minister of India-Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO), the Armed Forces and Defence Industry for the successful flight test, and said that the missile had hit the target with pinpoint accuracy and this success will surely boost India’s national security.
Smt @nsitharaman congratulates @DRDO_India , the Armed Forces and Defence Industry for the successful flight test of the Supersonic Cruise Missile #BrahMos. The successful test will further bolster our national security.@PIB_India @MIB_India @SpokespersonMoD https://t.co/v3mQEovNvC
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) March 22, 2018
India has developed its own seeker for the first time which is of a good class and calibre. BrahMos is the world’s fastest supersonic missile, flying at almost three times the speed of sound. This missile is developed in a joint venture between India and Russia and is also named after two rivers – India’s Brahmaputra and the Russian Moskva.
This successful test comes after the missile was test-fired from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet in November 2017. BrahMos is a two-stage missile, solid propellant booster engine brings the supersonic speed and gets separated and then liquid ramjet takes the missile to a great speed(about 3 Mach) in cruise phase. As compared to present subsonic cruise missile this indigenous missile has about 3 times flight range, 9 times more kinetic energy and 3 to 4 times more seeker range. The missile has a great range of 290km and can be extended to 900km as certain technical specifications were updated after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime(MTCR )in 2016. It can carry a conventional warhead of almost 300 kg. On the sea, it can be launched in vertical as well as in inclined configuration. The BrahMos missile has also generated a lot of export interest from various countries such as Chile, Vietnam and also is portable to be fired from submarines, land, ships and fighter jets. It has a very special feature of shorter flight time which leads to lower target dispersion and quicker engagement.