Extended version of cruise missile BrahMos test fired off Odisha coast

Balasore: An extended range version of cruise missile BrahMos was successfully test fired off Odisha coast at 10:15 AM today.

The missile, which has a target range of over 400 kilometre, was test fired from Chandipur Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad-5 in Balasore. The test was a partial success.

Developed by BrahMos Aerospace, the missile is a joint venture between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) India and NPO Mashinostroeyenia (NPOM) of Russia.

The medium-range supersonic missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land-based platforms. It is the only supersonic cruise missile in the world that flies at three times the speed of sound (2.8 Mach).

BrahMos is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine that kicks in in the first stage and brings the missile to supersonic speed before separating. Following this, the liquid ramjet comes into action and takes the missile closer to Mach 3 in cruise phase.

It has been named after two rivers: Brahmaputra in India and Moskva in Russia.

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