IAF successfully test-fires two BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles
The twin launches aimed to check the IAF’s capability of hitting targets with pinpoint accuracy.
The Indian Air Force has successfully carried out the test-firing of two BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles. The missiles were launched from a mobile platform at Trak Island in the Andaman Nicobar islands.
The twin launches were carried out as a part of the Indian Air Force’s routine operational training. The missiles were fired on October 21 and October 22. This was confirmed by officials.
The test-firing aimed to check the IAF’s capability of hitting targets with pinpoint accuracy. The targets were at a distance of 300 km.
The IAF tweeted saying that the missile engaged the designated mock targets close to 300 Km away. The missiles were able to achieve a direct hit on the target in both cases. The IAF also stated that the launches have enhanced its capability of engaging the ground targets with pinpoint accuracy from a mobile platform.
The surface-to-surface missiles, weighing 2.5-tonne, have a range of around 300 km.
The various variants of the BrahMos missiles are produced by BrahMos Aerospace, which was set up as a joint venture between India and Russia.
India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had signed an inter-governmental agreement with the Russian Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) to establish BrahMos Aerospace.
BrahMos Aerospace produces missiles that can be launched from land, air and water platforms such as submarines, ships and aircraft.
BrahMos surface-to-surface variants
The first BrahMos surface-to-surface variant was test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in June 2001 in a vertical launch configuration.
Another test was conducted in the same test range from a mobile launcher in June 2004.
Another BrahMos surface-to-surface missile was launched in March 2009, which successfully targeted and hit a building among a cluster of building in an urban setup. India is the only country with this advanced technology.
Further, BrahMos created a new world record in September 2010 by becoming the first cruise missile to be tested at supersonic speeds in a steep-dive mode.