India test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile successfully

Bhubaneswar: India on Saturday successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the Odisha coast in Balasore district.

The cruise missile was test fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here at about 11.33 AM, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said.

The missile range was extended from 290 km to 450 km following India’s joining of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June 2016.

The missile is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kg.

The two-stage missile, one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, while the Air Force version is in final stage of trial, they said.

The Army is already equipped with three regiments of Block III version of Brahmos missiles.