Bhubaneswar: The supersonic BrahMos missile was successfully test-fired from Launch Complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Baleswar district on Monday.
The trial was conducted to validate its life extension technologies developed for the first time in India by the DRDO and team BraHmos, according to a source.
The cruise missile was test-fired at 10.40 am. Notably, the BrahMos is the first indigenously built missile whose life has been extended from 10 years to 15 years.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated Team BrahMos and DRDO for the successful flight. “The successful test will result in huge savings of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of the Indian armed forces,” tweeted the Defence Minister. Worth mentioning, the Indian Army became world’s first land force to deploy the tactical BrahMos. Presently, the Army operates three regiments equipped with various configurations of BrahMos land attack cruise missiles (LACM) which has been operationalised since 2007.
As per reports, India will develop next-generation BrahMos missiles, which will be lighter than the earlier ones and can be mounted on aircraft or torpedos.