New Delhi: After an initial failed test, a Block II version of the 290 km-range supersonic BrahMos cruise missile was successfully tested at the Chandan firing range in Pokhran in the Rajasthan desert on Wednesday.
"The Block II BrahMos missile was successfully launched at 1030 hours this morning," officials of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said. The weapon system has been developed through a joint venture with a Russia company.
The missile was launched around 10.33 am from a launcher at Chandan near Kunjadali village to hit a target erected near Ajasar.
The missile "took two-and-a half-minutes to strike its target in the Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan," DRDO sources said.
The test launch was witnessed by the deputy army chief (planning and systems) Lt Gen MS Dadwal among others.
The Block II land attack version of the missile has been developed for the Army and the supersonic cruise missile was fired in a vertical-launch configuration, the officials said.
An earlier test of the Indo-Russian joint venture missile on 20 January failed because of software glitches. The software of the homing device of the missile has now been rectified.