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Video: New version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile clears flight test

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BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, with enhanced capability, successfully test-fired off Odisha coast.

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, jointly developed by India and Russia, with increased indigenous content and improved performance, was successfully test-fired from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on Thursday. 

The flight test is a major milestone in the way forward for the BrahMos programme. The highly manouverable missile cruised at supersonic speed for its maximum range and all mission objectives were met, the defence ministry said. 

The launch was conducted by Brahmos Aerospace in close coordination with the teams of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In this text-book flight, the missile followed the predicted trajectory meeting all mission objectives, according to information provided by the defence ministry.

The missile with a modified control system has been fine tuned to achieve an enhanced capability. This flight test was monitored by all the sensors of the range instrumentation including telemetry, radar and electro-optical tracking systems deployed across the eastern coast and the down range ships.

Teams from DRDO and NPOM, Russia participated in the test. BrahMos Aerospace, the joint venture between DRDO and NPOM, Russia, has been continuously upgrading the powerful, highly versatile BrahMos to increase its effectiveness and lethality against sea and land targets. BrahMos is a potent missile weapon system that has already been inducted into the Armed Forces and the tests are being carried out to improve its capability.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has complimented the Brahmos, DRDO teams and industry for the successful flight test.

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