India on Monday tested the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile near the Odisha coast to validate some features based on new technologies, PTI reported.
BrahMos is the world’s fastest supersonic missile, which can fly at almost three times the speed of sound. The guided cruise missile is being developed jointly by India and Russia, and is named after two rivers – India’s Brahmaputra and Russia’s Moskva.
The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near Balasore at 10.40 am, Defence Research and Development Organisation officials said.
The trial was conducted to validate the “life extension technologies developed for the first time in India”, the Ministry of Defence said. The successful test will help save huge replacement costs of missiles held in the inventory of the Indian Armed Forces, it added.
India had tested another BrahMos missile in Pokhran in March.