“The tests were carried out in full operational land-to-land configurations from Mobile Autonomous Launchers at its full-range”.
“The formidable missile system proved its mettle as it hit the land-based target with desired precision in a top attack configuration”, an Indian newspapers quoted a defence official as saying.
The Army has four regiments of these cruise missile, each having two batteries.
Testing BrahMos in the Andaman and Nicobar islands is a symbolic statement, as it brings the strategic Malacca straits under its range.
The missile launched in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands hit the designated target, it said. A spokesperson of Army said two launches in a row in two days has reinforced the formidable weapon’s precision strike capability. It’s anti-ship variety is now the world’s fastest cruise missile of its kind in existence. Meanwhile, “hypersonic” BrahMos cruise missile which can fly at double the speed of current version is under development.
Because of the restrictive export control regime, the previous version of the cruise missile, developed with Russian collaboration, had a maximum range of 290 km as export of missiles with more than 300 km range was prohibited under the MTCR rules.
On April 22, the Indian Navy had conducted its first test-firing of the sea-to-land attack version of its advanced supersonic cruise missile Brahmos.
After India became a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in 2016, India and Russian Federation are now planning to jointly develop a new generation of Brahmos missiles with 600 km-plus range and an ability to hit protected targets with pinpoint accuracy.
By: PPP Focus
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