The missile was successfully test-fired by the DRDO from a Sukhoi 30 MK-I supersonic fighter aircraft at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced on Wednesday that an air version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile had been successfully tested.
The missile was successfully test-fired from a Sukhoi 30 MK-I supersonic fighter aircraft, according to the R&D organisation. On Wednesday morning, the test firing took place at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.
The successful test-firing demonstrates the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system’s growing strength. The DRDO called the launch “a major milestone” in the development of the BrahMos missile, claiming that it is now ready for production in India. “The launch of BrahMos is a significant step forward in the project’s development. It paves the way for the country’s first-ever serial production of air-version BrahMos missiles. The DRDO said in a statement that “major airframe assemblies that are an integral part of the Ramjet Engine are indigenously developed by Indian Industry.”
Supersonic Cruise Missile BrahMos
BrahMos missiles are designed, developed, and manufactured by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between the DRDO and Russia’s Mashinostroyenia. The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has a range of 290 kilometres and can travel at speeds of Mach 2.8 to 3.0. Meanwhile, the BrahMos- II Hypersonic cruise missile, with a range of 450–600 km and a Mach 7 velocity, can be deployed to hit the target within a range of 450–600 km. The DRDO and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia are currently working on the missile together.
A Spanish company will purchase the DRDO’s indigenous warning systems
The DRDO confirmed the development of two indigenous warning systems, the Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) and Missile Approach Warning Systems, in November, marking yet another major milestone in the field of defence manufacturing (MAWS). The two systems were ready to be purchased by Airbus Defence and Space from India’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the central government’s upcoming C295 aircraft programme, according to the organisation.
As part of Airbus’ commitments, a contract was signed between Airbus and BEL for the manufacturing and supply of RWR and MAWS. The DRDO took to Twitter to thank the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) for their efforts in promoting India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative and developing these under the Make in India scheme, and to provide additional information.