BrahMos Cruise Missile test fired from Odisha cost
KalingaTV News Network
Bhubaneswar: India successfully conducted the first test of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district along the Odisha coast at about 10.40 AM today.
According to sources in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the supersonic cruise missile was test fired from a mobile launcher stationed at Launch pad 3 of the ITR.
The trial was conducted to validate its “life extension” technologies developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team BraHmos, said an official of the ITR.
BrahMos is the first Indian missile whose life has been extended from 10 to 15 years.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated Team Brahmos and DRDO for the successful test carried out from the ITR.
The successful test will result in huge savings of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of Indian Armed Forces. 2/2
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) May 21, 2018
The two-stage missile – first being solid and the second one, a ramjet liquid propellant – has already been introduced in the Army and Navy.
The land-attack version of BrahMos has been operationalised in the Indian Army since 2007.
The fire-and-forget missile, which can be launched from land, air, sea and under water, has the capability to take on surface targets by flying a combined hi-lo trajectory, thus evading enemy air defence systems.