India tests land and air versions of Brahmos missiles

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Brahmos Missile: In a proof of maturity of Brahmos missile platform, Indian agencies Tuesday conducted two back-to-back successful tests of the highly maneuverable and accurate cruise missile that will be form the backbone of the offensive capabilities of all three branches of Indian military.

While Indian Air Force conducted the third successful live firing of Brahmos Missile from its Sukhoi 30 MKI frontline fighter-bomber aircraft against a ship, Defence Research & Development Organisation(DRDO), also conducted a successful test of the land version of Brahmos missile the same day.

The first missile launch was from a land based mobile launcher, where most of the components were indigenous, including the missile’s airframe, fuel management system and DRDO designed seeker.

The second launch of the missile was carried out by Indian Air force (IAF) from SU-30MKI platform against a sea target.

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The test conducted in user configuration, revalidated the ship attack capability of the advanced air-launched cruise missile.

During the test, the missile was gravity dropped from the air combat platform’s fuselage and the two-stage weapon’s engine fired up and the missile straightaway propelled towards the intended target positioned at the sea, piercing it with pin-point accuracy.

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Earlier on May 22, 2019, IAF had successfully tested the missile against a land-based target in the Car Nicobar Islands region. The BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) promises to bolster the air combat capability of IAF from stand-off ranges.

Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the DRDO, BrahMos and Air Force teams for the successful tests. Director General BrahMos Dr Sudhir Mishra, Defence Research & Development Laboratory Director Dr Dashrath Ram, and Director Integrated Test Range Dr Binoy Kumar Das were present during the trials.

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