The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, India, in July to validate its service life extension. Sources at India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) stated that the missile flew in its pre-set trajectory and met its mission objectives.
The test followed two trials conducted on successive days in May, in which the major subsystems manufactured under the ‘Make in India’ campaign were evaluated. As a result, critical indigenous components, including the fuel management system and other non-metallic airframe components, have been qualified to form part of the missile. The precision strike weapon is in operational use with the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
BrahMos is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine as the first stage, which brings it to supersonic speed before separating. The liquid ramjet then takes the missile closer to Mach 3 cruise.
Stealth technology and guidance system with advanced embedded software add to its capabilities. Operating on the ‘fire and forget’ principle, the missile has a flight range of 290km with supersonic speed throughout the flight, leading to a shorter flight time, ensuring quicker engagement time and non-interception.
Its maximum cruising altitude is 15km. In a successful test in March, a much longer range was achieved, believed to have been around 450km. A hypersonic version is under development.
BrahMos Aerospace (Hall D, Stand D324) is a joint venture between DRDO and NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia.