India added a feather in the cap of its defence force by successfully testing the supersonic cruiser missile, Brahmos on Monday from test range along Odisha coast, as confirmed by the officials of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
India’s maiden supersonic cruiser missile Brahmos was successfully test-fired from a mobile launcher positioned at Launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at 10.40 am. The test was conducted in order to authenticate its “life extension” technologies which were developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team Brahmos. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO scientists and team Brahhos for successfully launching Brahmos missile using new technology on Monday.
The successful test will enable savings immensely on the replacement cost of missiles present in the inventory of the Indian Armed Forces. BrahMos is the fastest cruise missile in the world which is co-developed by India and Russia. Now, it will be breaking the Mach 7 barrier and will turn into a ‘hypersonic’ system in the coming decade. The two-stage missile – first being solid and the second one, a ramjet liquid propellant – has already been introduced in the Army and Navy, while the Air Force version had witnessed successful trial.
What makes Brahmos stand out among others and extremely versatile is that the variants can be launched from land, air, water and under water – that spines India’s defence technology. Recently India successfully launched the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet and will soon be carrying out tests at Pokhran II. The continuous advancement in armoury and defence artillery has landed India to be among the top five largest military spenders in entire world – side-by-side with US, Russia, China, Japan and Saudi Arabia – a rising super developing country.