An advanced version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system was successfully test-fired by the Indian Army at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan at 1055 hours on Monday.

The block III variant of BrahMos with deep penetration capability was test launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher.

The missile after launch followed the predetermined trajectory and successfully pierced the designated concrete structure, a press release stated.

“The launch has successfully validated the deep penetration capability of the supersonic cruise missile system against hardened targets,” a company official said.

Corps Commander Lt. Gen Amit Sharma who witnessed the launch along with GoC’s and senior officers from the Indian Army congratulated the operational Army team for the successful launch.

CEO & MD BrahMos along with senior officials from MoD and scientists from DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace also witnessed the launch.

The Army has inducted two regiments of the missile in its arsenal, while the third regiment induction is in progress.

The 290-km BrahMos flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach and carries a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg. The missile can be launched from multiple platforms including land, sea, sub-sea and air.

Both the Army and Navy have already inducted the missile in service, while the air-version of the weapon is scheduled to be flight tested by the IAF soon.

somasekhar.m@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 18, 2013)
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