New Delhi: India has successfully test-fired an air version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the supersonic fighter aircraft Sukhoi 30 MK-I today at 1030 hrs, the Ministry of Defence said.
The missile was launched from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha, it said in a statement.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has praised Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BrahMos, Indian Air Force and the industry on the successful test firing.
In this copybook flight, the missile launched from the aircraft followed the pre-planned trajectory meeting all mission objectives. The launch is a major milestone in the BrahMos development. It clears the system for the serial production of air-version BrahMos missiles within the country, the statement read.
Major airframe assemblies which form an integral part of the Ramjet Engine are indigenously developed by Indian Industry.
These include non-metallic airframe sections comprising Ramjet fuel tank and pneumatic fuel supply system.
During the test, the structural integrity and functional performance have been proven. The air version of BrahMos was last flight tested in July 2021, the release said.
Congratulating the teams involved in the flight test, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy said, “Various laboratories of DRDO, academic institutions, quality assurance & certification agencies, Public Sector undertakings and Indian Air Force participated in the development, testing, production and induction of this complex missile system.”
BrahMos is a Joint Venture between India (DRDO) and Russia (NPOM) for the development, production and marketing of the supersonic cruise missile. It is the potent offensive missile weapon system already inducted into the Armed Forces.