Latest BrahMos supersonic cruise missile tests were special: Here's why
Posted: May 23, 2018
Current Affairs News: The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, with major subsystems manufactured indigenously under the 'Make in India' initiative being tested. The missile, which was fired from the Integrated Test Range located in Odisha's coastal Balasore district, lifted off from its mobile autonomous launcher and successfully flew its pre-set trajectory, fulfilling its mission objectives.
BrahMos is a joint venture between India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroyeniya. The cruise missile has been operationalised by the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.
On Monday, the BrahMos cruise missile had been successfully test-fired under its life extension programme.
Here are 10 facts about the two consecutive BrahMos supersonic cruise missile tests:
BrahMos launch tests 'Make in India' components: BrahMos was successfully test-fired for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, validating its strike capability and critical indigenous components. According to BrahMos Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Sudhir Mishra, through the launch, "critical indigenous components, including fuel management system and other non-metallic airframe components, have qualified to form part of the missile".
BrahMos fulfils 'mission objectives' in test launch: After the missile was launched from a mobile autonomous launcher at 11.45 hours, it successfully flew in its pre-set trajectory "fulfilling its mission objectives", the defence ministry said.
BrahMos test-fired under life extension programme: Before Tuesday's launch, India on Monday successfully test-fired the BrahMos under a life extension programme. The cruise missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur along the Odisha coast at about 10.40 am.
BrahMos first Indian missile to undergo life extension: According to news agency reports, BrahMos is the first Indian missile that has had its operational life extended from 10 to 15 years.
According to officials, the trial was conducted to validate the missile's "life extension" technologies developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team BrahMos.
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