INDIAN ARMY TEST LAUNCHES BRAHMOS BLOCK III VARIANT
The Indian Army has successfully test launched an advanced variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. Launched from a mobile autonomous launcher (MAL), the BrahMos Block III variant followed the pre-specified trajectory and successfully pierced the designated “concrete structure at bull’s-eye’’. The Block III variant of BrahMos with deep penetration capability is fitted with a new guidance system, and the launch by the Army has successfully validated the deep penetration capability of the supersonic cruise missile system against hardened targets. Two regiments of the Block III variant, which has demonstrated its supersonic steep dive with precision strike capability in mountain operations, have already been inducted by the Army in its inventory, whereas induction of the third regiment is currently under way. Developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russian NPO Mashinostroyenia, BrahMos is a 290km range stealth supersonic cruise missile, designed for launch from land, ship, submarines and air platforms.