Balasore: The BrahMos Indo-Russian supersonic cruise missile platform proved its versatility by conducting a controlled steep-dive in supersonic cruise mode. The latest achievement not only creates a world record, as no missile has ever been tested in a controlled supersonic dive, but adds to the missile's list of capabilities.
This universal missile has already been tested in various avatars – ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore, shore to-ship, submarine-launched and land attack.
It is also being developed to operate in the air-to–surface mode and will be carried by specially modified Su-30MKI avatars.
The 290-km range missile was test-fired on Sunday as part of user trials for the Indian Army from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Orissa coast.
''User's trial of BrahMos conducted by the Indian Army was successful,'' ITR director SP Dash said after the missile blasted off from a mobile launcher at around 11:35 am from the launch complex-3 (LC-3) of the test range near here around 11.35 am.
According to defence sources, the missile was launched from a mobile autonomous launcher. "The missile took off successfully and hit the desired target, meeting all mission parameters. It was a fantastic launch - a 100% success," said ITR director S P Dash.