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India effectively tests extended range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

Feb, 2021

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BrahMos is the fastest supersonic missile in the world which can be launched from aircraft, submarine, ships or land.

India on September 30, 2020 successfully tested the extended-range variant of BrahMos surface-to-surface Supersonic Cruise Missile. As per Official reports, BrahMos test hits the target range over 400 kilometers. The missile was released around 10:30am from a cellular launcher on the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore district, Odisha. The tests have been accomplished below PJ-10 project by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The airframe and booster of the missile are indigenous. Following the test, DRDO officers stated that the test met all the parameters.

Notably, this turned into the second one check firing of the supersonic missile whereas BrahMos missile was originally built with a range of 290km. BrahMos is an ongoing project that was jointly built by Indian (DRDO) and Russian (NPOM) scientists. The first original version has been already inducted by the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The existing version is deployed in eastern Ladakh.

Moreover, the missile cruised at a top speed of Mach 2.8 that is nearly three times the speed of sound. The configuration of the existing missile features this is the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile that has been tweaked to enhance its range. India is likewise operating on a hypersonic missile, BrahMos-ii (K), able to taking away hardened objectives along with underground bunkers and weapons storage facilities at seven times the speed of sound.

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