Indian Army on 2 May 2017 successfully test fired Block-III version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The land-to-land configuration of BarahMos Block III version was launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL). This was fourth successive successful launch of the missile.
It was tested for its full-range in order to demonstrate the weapon’s unmatched lethality of hitting the centre of a designated target with ‘bull’s eye’ precision.
India is also set to conduct the maiden test of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile’s air version soon.
Highlights of the BrahMos cruise missile
• BrahMos is a multi-stage missile having a solid propellant in the first stage and the ramjet liquid propellant in the second stage.
• It can be launched from land, sea, sub-seas and air.
• It operates on ‘Fire and Forget Principle’ by adopting varieties of flights on its way to the target.
• It approaches the enemy target with a top speed of Mach 2.8.
• The missile has been developed by the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited and was a joint venture between the Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India's DRDO.
• The missile derives its name from the names of two rivers, namely the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.
When: 2 May 2017