Context: BrahMos missile was successfully test-fired today from the Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea.
More on the news:
- While versions of the missile have been in India’s arsenal for a long, the weapon system is continuously upgraded and updated with new hardware and software systems. These upgrades necessitate periodic tests.
- Scientists have also said test results and observations were crucial inputs not just for calibrating the system but also for advancement and upgrade.
- The present supersonic version could reach a speed of 2.8 times that of sound (2.8 Mach) and hit a target at the range of around 450 km, and a hypersonic version of the missile, capable of reaching a speed of 5 Mach was being developed.
- It is a supersonic cruise missile.
- BrahMos is a joint collaboration between India and Russia.
- It is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and sea-based targets.
- Its range was initially capped at 290 km as per obligations of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
- But since India’s entry into the club, the range has been extended to 450 km, and the plan is to increase it to 600km.
- The Army and Navy have already inducted the missile.
- The air-launched version was test-fired for the first time last year from a modified Su-30MKI aircraft.
- The submarine-launch variants are still in their testing phase.
- BrahMos was flight tested with an Indian-made seeker for the first time, at Pokhran test range, Rajasthan.
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