Considered to be a major achievement in defence sector, India’s indigenously build supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully test fired from the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan, today morning.

BrahMos, the missile developed in and by India, is said to be world’s fastest and most formidable anti-ship supersonic cruise missile that is designed to pin-point and destroy its target. The BrahMos weapon system has been jointly developed by India and Russia and is said to be one of the most formidable and precision-strike weapons in the world. The range of BrahMos missile can be extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime or MTCR in 2016. And more amazingly, the sleek supersonic cruise missile flies at almost three times the speed of sound, at Mach 2.8

In a huge achievement and breakthrough, India successfully flight-tested its precision strike BrahMos weapon, from the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan today morning. As per the government sources, BrahMos missile that was test fired today “flew in its designated trajectory and hit the target with pin-point accuracy”. Soon after the successful test fire of BrahMos, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated BrahMos, DRDO and Indian scientists and lauded the efforts of the team which has managed to bolster national security of India.

The successful test of BrahMos is such a big deal for India because it means that the country’s defence wing will no longer have to depend on international help for such an important component of the missile. Also, a successful test of an indigenously built missile proves the capabilities and knowledge of the team, which can be further used in future to develop other advance missile systems. A combination of Sukhoi-30 MKI and BrahMos will mean that Indian Air Force can deliver a knock-out punch in minutes, far quicker than a warship which may need to sail in the direction of a target out at sea. And that is why it is such a big deal.