POKHRAN, RAJASTHAN: the Indian Army successfully conducted the test firing of BRAHMOS land-attack cruise missile against a designated target at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan, demonstrating the weapon’s supreme operational capability.
The missile was test launched by a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) deployed in full configuration. The test-fire, carried out in the user-deployment configuration by trained Army personnel, met all the mission objectives. Senior Army officials witnessed the launch and congratulated the operational team for its successful launch.
“BRAHMOS missile system, the most lethal and potent weapon system for precision strike available with Indian Army, has proved again its effectiveness in today’s successful launch,” Sudhir Mishra, Chief of BrahMos Aerospace remarked telephonically.
Dr. S Christopher, Secretary Defence R&D and DG DRDO congratulated Indian Army and BrahMos Aerospace on the successful flight test.
The Indian Army has already inducted three regiments of BrahMos in its arsenal. All are equipped with Block-III version of missile, which was recently tested on 08 & 09 May 2015.
The land-attack version of BRAHMOS has been operationalised in the Indian Army since 2007. The fire-and-forget BRAHMOS has the capability to take on surface-based targets by flying a combined hi-lo trajectory, thus evading enemy air defence systems.
Inclusion of the powerful weapon system in Indian Army has given it a distinct operational advantage to knock down any enemy target even in the most difficult and hidden terrains.
The BRAHMOS missile, having a range of 290-km and a Mach 2.8 speed, is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against sea and land targets. BrahMos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPOM of Russia.