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