NEW DELHI : India’s armed forces on Monday carried out another successful test of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile .
“The launch was carried out at the Pokhran range in the State of Rajasthan in the northwest of India at 13:00, local time to the maximum range of 290 kilometres,” he said. The missile that had been adopted by the country’s armed forces in 2007 was launched from a mobile launcher, in service in two Indian regiments. One more launcher of this type is to be delivered soon to another regiment of the Indian army. The Russian-Indian JV BrahMos Aerospace at the Defexpo-2014 Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition that was held in New Delhi in February for the first time presented a full-scale mock-up of its new BrahMos-M missile , a smaller version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile .
The missile length is expected to be six metres, and diameter is 50 cm. It will be able to fly 3.5 times faster than sound and carry a warhead of 200 to 300 kilograms to a maximum range of 290 kilometres. The BrahMos missiles that have been tested as of today are two-stage cruise missiles with the length of 10 metres and diameter of 70 cm.
In March 2013, India also for the first time had tested a sub-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile , and by the end of the current year intends to test an air-launched version of the missile from the Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter.