India Testfires Brahmos Cruise Missile

IAS Prelims 2023

India successfully testfired its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range at Pokhran in the western state of Rajasthan.

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.

The missile has a strike range of 290 km and can travel at a speed of Mach 2.8.

The Indian Army has already inducted the missile in its arsenal.

The missile is named after two rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Moskva.

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.

The Army has already inducted three regiments of Brahmos in its arsenal. All are equipped with Block-III version of missile, which was tested on May 8 and 9 this year.

The land-attack version of Brahmos has been operationalised in the Army since 2007.

The BrahMos has been developed as a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia under BrahMos Aerospace.