Balasore (Odisha): The supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was today successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. The missile was launched at about 10.15am from the launch complex and successfully flew in its pre-set trajectory meeting its mission objectives, Defence Research and Development (DRDO) sources said.

Today’s test launch comes close on the heels of two trials of the BrahMos missile conducted on May 21 and 22 this year in which major sub-systems manufactured indigenously under the ‘Make in India’ campaign were tested, they said. Through this spate of trials the critical indigenous components, including the fuel management system and other non-metallic airframe components, have qualified to form part of the missile, the sources said.

The missile was successfully test fired on May 21 from the ITR as part of a service life extension programme. “The life extension test firing of the BrahMos was conducted from a Static Inclined Launcher, proving the efficacy and longevity of the system," the sources had earlier said.

The BrahMos is a joint venture between DRDO and NPOM of Russia. The highly versatile missile has been operationalised in the Army, Navy and Air Force. BrahMos has established itself as a major force multiplier in modern-day complex battlefields with its impeccable land-attack, anti-ship capabilities and multi-role and multi-platform abilities.

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