The BRAHMOS cruise missile was successfully flight-tested on July 8, which flew through the designated 290 kms distance at Mach 2.8.
Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, CEO and MD, BrahMos Aerospace confirmed in a press statement that it was a text book launch achieving 100% results, executed with high precision from the Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) prepared by the BRAHMOS 3rd regiment of Indian Army team.
The test conducted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur in Odisha is the 44th launch of BRAHMOS which was carried out with high level of reliability.
In a historical first, the advanced guidance system integrating multiple navigation satellites powered with new software algorithm, developed indigenously by Indian scientists and industries resulted in pinpoint accuracy of the missile system against hidden land targets.
Indigenous airframe produced by L&T and Godrej, guidance system by HAL, OBC, MIU by Ananth Technologies Ltd., Electronics industries, software development and guidance scheme by DRDO/RCI have been proved in the flight increasing the content from Indian industries.
Dr. Pillai added that the development flight trial of BRAHMOS has proved three key aspects for the success of the mission, which includes achieving high level of accuracy with multiple navigation satellites integrated with advanced software, without homing device, thus enabling pinpoint accuracy and further enhancing the precision capability against hidden land targets including mountainous regions, accomplishing the supersonic steep dive capability against difficult land targets and realization of airframe, both composite & metallic, built by the Indian industries which were tested and evaluated and altogether provided substantial increase of Indian produced content in the missile.
The missile's successful launch will give a boost to the ongoing program of future installations of BRAHMOS system in the Indian Army against hidden land targets for mountain warfare operations.
The BRAHMOS missile, the fastest in the world, has a flight range of up to 290 km and carries a conventional warhead of 200 to 300 kg, thus delivering with high-precision, devastating power at supersonic speed. The Army and Navy have already inducted the missile system. The launch of the air-version of BRAHMOS missile integrated with Su-30MKI will be carried out by the end of this year.