Recently, the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired the extended Range Version of Brahmos missile.
- The missile achieved the desired mission objectives in the Bay of Bengal region. With this, IAF has achieved a significant capability boost to carry out precision strikes from SU-30MKI aircraft against land or sea targets over very long ranges.
- The capability of striking the targets located at around 350 kilometres compared to around 290 kilometres for the initial version.
- The first test of the initial version of the Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile was conducted in 2017.
About the BrahMos missiles –
- Brahmos is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation of India and NPOM of Russia. It is named after the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva.
- It is a two-stage, solid propellant engine in the first stage and a liquid ramjet in the second.
- It can be launched from land, air, and sea and multi a capability missile with pinpoint accuracy that works both day and night irrespective of the weather conditions.
- It operates on the “Fire and Forgets” principle it does not require further guidance after launch.
- These are called “standoff range weapons”, fired from a range far enough to allow the attacker to evade defensive counter-fire.
- Brahmos is one of the fastest cruise missiles currently operationally deployed with the speed of Mach 2.8, which is nearly 3 times more than the speed of sound.