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India Successfully Test Fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile with Strike Range of over 400 Kilometers

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India-successfully-test-fires-over-400-km-strike-range-BrahMos-supersonic-cruise-missileOn September 30, 2020 India successfully test fired the surface-to-surface Supersonic Cruise Missile BrahMos with a Strike Range of over 400 Kilometers from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.  It was jointly conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) & BrahMos Aerospace.

It was test fired with indigenous booster, airframe section, propulsion system, power supply and many other major indigenous components. 

Objective:

This Test proved the ability of the indigenous components, which were used to achieve higher strike range.

Key Points:

i.The Test-firing was carried under the PJ-10 Project of DRDO. 

ii.The Strike Range of BrahMos has been increased from 290 kms to 450 kms after India’s full membership to Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). 

iii.It is capable of carrying a conventional warhead weighing up to 300 kg.

iv.It will pay the way for serial production of indigenous components of powerful weapon systems to realise the aim of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliance).

BrahMos Missile:

It was developed as a joint venture between DRDO and Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.

Recent Related News:

i.On September 07, 2020, DRDO successfully tested Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) using the Indigenously developed Scramjet Propulsion System in its second attempt. It will play an important part in developing hypersonic cruise missile systems being developed by DRDO.

About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters– New Delhi