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In­dia has suc­cess­fully test-fired the BrahMos su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile in Balasore, Odisha, as part of the weapon sys­tem’s ser­vice life ex­ten­sion pro­gramme. The mis­sile was test-fired from a Static In­clined Launcher sta­tioned at launch pad three of the In­te­grated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. Car­ried out by the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) and BrahMos Aero­space, the trial was con­ducted to demon­strate the ef­fi­cacy and the mis­sile sys­tem’s longevity.

An ITR of­fi­cial said that the life ex­ten­sion test was car­ried out to val­i­date the mis­sile’s life-ex­ten­sion tech­nolo­gies that are in­dige­nously de­vel­oped for the first time by DRDO and BrahMos team, ac­cord­ing to Press Trust of In­dia reports. Dur­ing the trial, the BrahMos pre­ci­sion strike mis­sile flew in its des­ig­nated tra­jec­tory, demon­strat­ing that all the ma­jor com­po­nents of the weapon func­tioned prop­erly.

In Novem­ber last year, the su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile was launched from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet for the first time. With a flight range of up to 290km, BrahMos is a two-stage mis­sile that can be launched from land, sea and sub-sea plat­forms. BrahMos is a joint ven­ture (JV) com­pany formed by the DRDO and Rus­sian aero­space en­ter­prise NPO Mashinos­troyeniya (NPOM).

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