BRAHMOS Supersonic Cruise Missile, with major indigenous systems, successfully test-fired

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News: The land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has been successfully test-fired.

Facts:              

  • It was jointly launched by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and BrahMos Aerospace from Balasore’s Integrated Test Range (ITR), Odhisa.
  • Features:
    • It has a strike range of 290 km.
    • It can be fired from land as well as sea-based platforms.
    • It features indigenous components such as propulsion system, airframe, and power supply.

About BrahMos Missiles:

  • The BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile.
  • It is developed by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL), New Delhi.
  • It is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and sea-based targets.
  • It has been operationalized in the Indian Armed Forces with all the three services.

Additional Information:

Supersonic Cruise Missiles:

  • A cruise missile is an unmanned self-propelled (till the time of impact) guided vehicle that sustains flight through aerodynamic lift for most of its flight path.
  • Supersonic cruise missile travels at a speed of around 2-3 Mach i.e.; it travels a kilometre approximately in a second

BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL)

  • The BAPL is a joint venture between the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • It is named after Brahmaputra and Moscow rivers.
  • It is responsible for designing, developing, producing and marketing BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.