In yet another major feat, the DRDO flight tested the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a test range along the Odisha coast.
The test was to validate some new features.
It need be mentioned that the missile is an Indo-Russian joint venture.
The test fire was tested from a mobile launcher at Launch Pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore.
The trial was conducted to validate its “life extension” technologies developed for the first time by DRDO and team BrahMos, said an official of the ITR.
Such was the successful test that the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratualated DRDO scientists and team BrahMos for the successful launch of the missile with new technology.
“Smt @nsitharaman congratulates Team Brahmos & @DRDO_India for successful flight test carried out at 1040 hrs on 21 May 2018 from ITR, Balasore to validate BRAHMOS missile life extension technologies developed for the first time in India,” her office said in a twitter post.
The successful test will result in huge savings of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of the armed forces, it said.
The two-stage missile — first being solid and the second one, a ramjet liquid propellant — has already been introduced in the Army and the Navy, while the Air Force version had witnessed asuccessful trial, the DRDO scientists said.
BrahMos variants can be launched from land, air, sea and under water. India successfully launched the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet for the first time against a target in the Bay of Bengal in November, 2017, they said.>