BrahMos missile achieves rare feat

Army carried out a successful test of the advanced BrahMos Block III Land Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

About testing

  • This is the second consecutive test of the missile in two days an operational configuration carried by the Army’s South Western Command-based 1 strike corps.
  • This is the fifth consecutive time when the Block-III version of BrahMos LACM has been successfully launched and hit the land-based target in top-attack mode.
  • Testing was conducted for precise capabilities of BrahMos missile for quick sea access and denial in the event of a conflict.
  • This is not achieved by any other weapon system of its genre.
  • Tests were carried out in full operational land-to-land configurations from Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL) at full-range.

BrahMos Missile

  • BrahMos is a product of joint collaboration between India and Russia
  • It is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and sea-based targets.
  • Currently range of the supersonic missile is capped at 290 km.
  • India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) the range has been extended to 450 km and the plan is to increase it to 600km.
  • It can be laumched from Ship, submarine, aircraft (under testing), and land-based mobile launchers.
  • It has a two-stage propulsion system, with a solid-propellant rocket for initial acceleration and a liquid-fuelled ramjet for second.

Source : The Hindu

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