Indian Army successfully test-fires advanced version of BrahMos missile in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Indian Army on Wednesday successfully test-fired the advanced BrahMos Block III land attack cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the second consecutive day.
New Delhi: The Indian Army on Wednesday successfully test-fired the advanced BrahMos Block III land attack cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the second consecutive day.
The missile was also test-fired on Tuesday, and the Army said the test flight met all parameters in a "copybook manner" both on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This is the fifth consecutive time when the missile's Block-III version has been successfully launched and hit the land-based target in "top-attack" mode, the Army said and called it "an incredible feat not achieved by any other weapon system of its genre".
"The successive launches reinforce the formidable weapon's precision strike capability. The long-range tactical weapon was successfully tested from the same location on 2 May, 2017," a defence statement said.
"These successful firings of the supersonic cruise missile were carried out in full operational land-to-land configurations from Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL) at its full-range."
"Meeting all flight parameters in a copybook manner while conducting high level and complex manoeuvers, the multi-role missile successfully hit the land-based target with desired precision, in both the trials demonstrating its accuracy of less than one metre," it said.
The Indian Army, which became the first land force in the world to deploy the BrahMos in 2007, has "raised several regiments of this formidable weapon", it added.
The land-attack version of BrahMos has been operationalised in the Indian Army in 2007.
BrahMos Block-III is a joint Russian-Indian project, which is based on Russian P-800 Oniks missile. Block III had advanced guidance and upgraded software, incorporating high manoeuvres at multiple points and steep dive from high altitude.
Jointly developed by India's DRDO and Russia's NPOM, the multi-platform, multi-mission BrahMos is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and sea-based targets.
India has been testing a series of missiles recently. The last test-fire before the two BrahMos tests was of intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-III on April 27.
India also recently tested BrahMos missile with an extended 450-km range, has undertaken a drop test of the air version of BrahMos, exo-atmospheric Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile, and endo-atmospheric Advanced Air Defence missile, both part of a two-tier anti-ballistic missile system, Agni IV and Agni V missiles within last six months.
It was the first launch of the extended range version of the missile from a Su-30MKI aircraft, the defence ministry said. The range of the advanced version is learnt to have been extended to around 350 km from the original 290 km
India test-fired the extended-range of the BrahMos missile from a SU-30 MKI fighter jet. This missile has a range of over 350 km, compared to the 290 km of the older version
The Andaman and Nicobar islands and adjoining areas have already been experiencing rainfall due to strengthening of south-westerly winds