News: The land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has been successfully test-fired.
- It was jointly launched by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and BrahMos Aerospace from Balasore’s Integrated Test Range (ITR), Odhisa.
- It has a strike range of 290 km.
- It can be fired from land as well as sea-based platforms.
- It features indigenous components such as propulsion system, airframe, and power supply.
About BrahMos Missiles:
- The BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile.
- It is developed by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL), New Delhi.
- It is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and sea-based targets.
- It has been operationalized in the Indian Armed Forces with all the three services.
Supersonic Cruise Missiles:
- A cruise missile is an unmanned self-propelled (till the time of impact) guided vehicle that sustains flight through aerodynamic lift for most of its flight path.
- Supersonic cruise missile travels at a speed of around 2-3 Mach i.e.; it travels a kilometre approximately in a second
BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL)
- The BAPL is a joint venture between the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
- It is named after Brahmaputra and Moscow rivers.
- It is responsible for designing, developing, producing and marketing BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.