India successfully test-fired two BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles from land and air platforms to check its capability to hit targets with precision and accuracy.
Land-attack missile fired from a mobile launcher ::
According to the officials, the land-attack missile was fired from Launch Pad-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at a base off the coast of Odisha by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and targeted a ship.
Air version testfired from IAF’s Su-20MKI ::
The air version of the missile was launched by the Indian Air Force (IAF) from Sukhoi-30MKI and it also successfully hit a target in the sea. During the test, the missile was gravity dropped from the air combat platform’s fuselage and the two-stage weapons engine fired up and the missile straightway propelled towards the intended target positioned at the sea, piercing it with “pinpoint” accuracy, defence officials said in a statement.
How it boosts IAF?
BrahMos missile provides Indian Air Force with a much-desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.
Who developed the missile?
A medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos can be launched from submarines, ships, fighter jets, or land. The missile has been developed as a joint venture between the DRDO and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.