India has a successfully test-fired surface to surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos in Andaman and Nicobar. The extended range missile hit its target with pinpoint accuracy. Defense Research and Development Organisation[DRDO] on Wednesday successfully test-fired the surface to surface BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
BrahMos was recently in a controversy after a missile was misfired due to a technical malfunction from an Indian Air Force unit during a Command Air Staff Inspection (CASI).
The extended range missile test-firing was witnessed by Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and other defense officials who congratulated the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on the successful test-firing of the BrahMos missile. “Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari congratulated on the successful test-firing of surface-to-surface BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. He is in the Island territory of Andaman & Nicobar to review operational preparedness,” said Defence officials.
The range of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles had recently been extended to 500 km by simply upgrading the software. No changes were made to the missile.
The missile landed in Pakistani territory, causing very little damage to property and equipment and no harm to people. Following the incident, India sent a letter to Pakistani authorities expressing its deep regret for the incident, as well as issuing a statement.
The BrahMos missile has been developed in collaboration with Russia. These missiles fly at three times the speed of sound i.e. 2.8 Mach (Mach number is the ratio of an object’s speed in a given medium to the speed of sound in that medium). It can also dodge the radar. Earlier its range was 290 km, which was increased to 350-400 km.
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