India successfully test-fired BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

Posted on:13 Mar 2017 09:20:02
India successfully test-fired BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile
13 March 2017 Current Affairs: India on 11 March 2017 successfully test-fired the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile. The purpose of the test was to validate the capabilities of the missile.

Features of BrahMos Missile :  It is the first supersonic cruise missile system known to be in service.

The missile is capable of carrying a conventional as well as nuclear warhead of 300 kilograms.

The BrahMos is a multi-stage missile having a solid propellant in the first stage and the ramjet liquid propellant in the second stage.It can be launched from land, sea, sub-seas and air.

It operates on ‘Fire and Forget Principle’ by adopting varieties of flights on its way to the target.

It approaches the enemy target with a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is about three times faster than the US subsonic Tomahawk Cruise Missile System.

The missile has been developed by the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.

It is a joint venture between the Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The missile derives its name from the names of two rivers, namely the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia. While the navy and army versions of the missile were inducted in 2005 and 2007 respectively, the air version is still in the testing stage.

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