BRAHMOS validates deep penetration capability in latest test firing by Indian Army (November 18, 2013)                                                                           Print This News

POKHRAN: Indian Army on Monday successfully test fired an advanced version of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile system at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan as part of a user trial.

The Block III variant of land-attack BRAHMOS missile with deep penetration capability was test launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) deployed in full configuration with Mobile Command Post (MCP) at 1055 hours.

Following its predetermined trajectory, the missile successfully pierced the designated concrete structure at "bull's eye" owing to its sheer velocity.

"The launch has successfully validated the deep penetration capability of the supersonic cruise missile system against hardened targets," a company official said.

The launch was witnessed by high ranking Army officials. Corps Commander Lt. General Amit Sharma, who witnessed the launch along with GoCs and other senior officers, congratulated the operational Army team for the successful launch.

CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace along with senior officials from the MoD and scientists from DRDO and BrahMos also witnessed the launch.

The Block III variant of BRAHMOS missile has already established its credence in achieving supersonic steep dive with precision strike capability in mountain operations.

The Army has inducted two regiments of the cruise missile in its arsenal, while the third regiment induction is in progress.

The sanction by the Government for the fourth regiment of the highly maneuverable steep dive capable missile for deployment in hilly terrains is awaited.

The 290-km BRAHMOS flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach and carries a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg. The missile can be launched from multiple platforms including land, sea, sub-sea and air.

Both the Army and Navy have already inducted the missile in service, while the air-version of the weapon is scheduled to be flight tested by the IAF soon

BRAHMOS has been developed by India in partnership with Russia.

  • "Time has come for BrahMos Aerospace to work on Mark-II version of BRAHMOS so that we will still be the market leader in hypersonic cruise missiles." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

  • "The traditional partnership between India & Russia has been tested by the time and time and it is the most important stabilizing factor, not only for the asian region, but for the whole world" - Vladimir Putin

  • "Make in India' should not be limited to production & manufacturing only, it should also involve generation of engineering knowledge in the country." - Mr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra

  • "BrahMos is not only a successful Joint Venture but also a model for cooperation which has immense political value for our two countries" - Mr. Dmitry Rogozin

  • "BrahMos JV is a unique venture which has given substantial guidelines in defence design inputs, engineering inputs, production related culture and ultimately in pushing the technology base forward" - Dr. V G Sekaran

  • "BrahMos JV is most suitable model, which has withstood the test of time and is recommended to be followed for realization of all high end products with our country." - Dr. V K Saraswat

  • "BrahMos is the most successful missile company of the nation and it is this unique blend of young and experienced team members motivated with innovation and utmost dedication that has contibuted to the success of the missile system" - Dr. Avinash Chander