Odisha, July 16 : Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was on Monday test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Odisha’s Chandipur.
BrahMos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, can cruise at speeds of up to Mach 3.0, or three times the speed of sound.
According to ANI, the missile was test-fired at 10.18 am and is aimed at “increasing its life”. The test-firing is aimed at increasing the missile’s life from 10 to 15 years.
The test-firing is to “validate service life extension” of the missile , Sudhir Kumar Mishra, chief of BrahMos Aerospace said.
“The test-firing is aimed at increasing the missile’s life from ten to fifteen years,the test-firing will allow the armed forces to maintain an inventory of the missiles for a longer duration,” Mishra said.
The Brahmos is a two-stage supersonic cruise missile that was jointly developed by India’s Defense Research Development Organization and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia.
Recently, India demonstrated the vertical dive capability of Brahmos, which can used against targets in mountains and also against aircraft carriers.While China has nuclear-capable DF-21 missiles, to be used against aircraft carriers, “ours will be conventional missiles”, he said.