BrahMos Missile Test Conducted Successfully

IAS Prelims 2023

India successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, capable of carrying a 300 kg warhead, from a test range along the Odisha coast.

The cruise missile was fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.

The two-stage missile, one being solid and the second one a ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, while the Air Force version is in the final stage of trials.

The Army is already equipped with three regiments of Block III version of Brahmos missiles.

While induction of the first version of Brahmos missile system in the Navy began in 2005 with INS Rajput , it is now fully operational with two regiments of the Army.

After two successful test trials of the missile from INS Kolkata in June 2014 and February 2015, test firing from INS Kochi on September 30, 2015, validated the newly commissioned ship’s systems. The air launch version and the submarine launch version of the missile system are in progress.

BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian joint venture, is also in an advance stage of test-launching the air version of the sophisticated missile system.

The name BrahMos is a portmanteau formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.