India on Monday successfully test fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the Odisha coast.
It is an Indo-Russian joint venture and validates some new features.
The Missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher stationed at Launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range(ITR) at Chandipur near Bhubaneswar at 10.40 am, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said.
The missile is a two-stage one – first being solid and the second one, a ramjet liquid propellant. While Army and Navy have already introduced them, today’s successful trial is meant for the Air Force.
BrahMos variants can be launched from land, sea, air and under water.
Earlier in Nov 2017, India successfully launched the work’s fastest supersonic cruise missile Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet for the first time against a target in Bay of Bengal.
According to reports, BrahMos – the fastest cruise missile in the world co-developed by India and Russia, will breach the mach 7 barrier to become a “hypersonic” system in the next decade.
“We will need seven to ten years to become hypersonic” the Chief Executive and MD of BrahMos said.