A video grab showing the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, that was fired succesfully for the first time from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet of the Indian Air Force. (Photo: PTI)

BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Successfully Tested Fired

India today successfully test fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with an indigenous ‘seeker’ at Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range, enhancing the country’s capability to hit enemy targets at a range of up to 400 km.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the missile hit the target with “pinpoint” accuracy and the success will further bolster India's national security.

It was for the first time that the missile, capable of travelling at speeds of up to Mach 3.0, or three times the speed of sound, was tested with indigenously developed 'seeker' technology. The seeker – developed by the DRDO – determines the accuracy of a missile by guiding it to the target, officials said.

The range of the missile, an Indo-Russia joint venture, can be extended to up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime last year.

BrahMos is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation of India, and the NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia.

The name BrahMos is formed from the names of two rivers: the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.

The defence minister congratulated the DRDO for the successful test of the missile, saying it will further enhance India's national security.

The test firing comes three months after the BrahMos cruise missile was successfully test fired from the Indian Air Force’s front-line Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet.

In a statement, the Defence Ministry said the flight test was conducted by the scientists of DRDO and BrahMos along with the Indian Army.

A high-level team led by DRDO chairman Dr S Christopher was present during the flight trial, which included Director General (Missiles & Strategic Systems) and Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister G Satheesh Reddy and Director General BrahMos Sudhir Mishra.

Senior IAF officials also witnessed the successful launch of the tactical weapon.

BrahMos missile is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India's Su-30 fighter aircraft.

Work has already begun to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfil the critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.

The Army and the Navy have already inducted the missile.