Today, India successfully test fired the BrahMos cruise missile along the Odisha coast. The scientists are testing the missile in hopes to increase its life from 10 to 15 years.
The cruise missile was test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur along the coast. The missile was fired with the help of a mobile launcher at 10:44 A.M., today. The news of the successful test was announced by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO.)
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the BrahMos team the DRDO for the successful launch.
Smt @nsitharaman congratulates Team Brahmos & @DRDO_India for successful flight test carried out at 1040 hrs on 21 May 2018 from ITR, Balasore to validate BRAHMOS missile life extension technologies developed for the first time in India. 1/2
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) 21 May 2018
BrahMos is the first missile in India whose life has been extended from 10 to 15 years. The Defence Ministry on Twitter said, “The successful test will result in huge savings of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of the Indian armed forces.”
The Indian Army has inducted a total of three regiments of the BrahMos in its arsenal. Each one is equipped with the Block III version of the cruise missile. Since 2007, the Indian Army has had the land attack version of the BrahMos.